|Class||Multirole Combat Aircraft|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||3000 L|
|Type||Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|AGM||Kh-29T (TV Guided Missile HEAT, F&F)|
|AAM||R-77 Vympel (Radar)|
The Sukhoi Su-27M/Su-35 (NATO reporting name: FLANKER-E) is a twin-engine, two-tail, single-seat multi-role combat aircraft, developed during the 1980's to to improve the performance of the Su-27S. First flown in 1988, the Su-27M features new engines and avionics, a new pulse doppler radar, refinements to the airframe to improve maneuverability, and an improved internal fuel capacity. Although 15 air-worthy prototypes were produced and tested between 1988 and 1995, the type (re-designated Su-35S) the type did not enter active service until after 2011, and continues to undergo tests into 2014.
The Su-27M is a 200-point Multirole Combat Aircraft available to Soviet and PACT decks. The type features exceptional ECM (50%), Very Good air detection, a tight turn radius, long loiter time and a powerful weapons loadout that makes it dangerous to both air and ground targets. Packing the 30mm GSh-301 cannon, four Kh-29T fire and forget anti-tank missiles, and four R-77 Vympel long range fire-and-forget air to air missiles, the Su-27M can perform self-escort, engaging enemy fighters at long ranges as it ingresses towards its targets on the ground. Its superior ECM keeps it relatively safe from SAMs and AAMs, even if it has to strike a target deep in enemy territory.
The only major drawback to the Su-27M is its high cost. At 200 points per aircraft, it is well worth sending several less expensive, or a single similar-cost unit with advanced missiles to splash. Although its ECM and turn radius protect it well, the Su-27M is still liable to be swarmed.