The jets are capable of locating, tracking and hitting up to eight targets at once, the spokesman noted, adding that Su-35s are equipped with advanced active jamming stations rendering them ‘invisible’ to the enemy.
“Now, our task is to use [the capabilities of the Su-35 jets] to the maximum. We will use every weapon that [these fighter jets] are equipped with. They can be equipped with any type of air bombs with combat loads up to eight tons,”
the spokesman said.
Su-35s were deployed to Syria and performed their first combat missions last week, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday, TASS reports.
Earlier, the Khmeimim Air Base had accommodated Russian Air Force squadrons of:
Su-30 fighter jets,
Su-34 and Su-24 tactical bombers, and
Su-25 attack aircraft.
Additionally, in November 2015, Russia deployed a unit of its cutting-edge S-400 air defense systems to the base after a Russian Su-34M bomber was shot down by the Turkish Air Force in Syrian airspace.
S-400s are designed to ensure air defense using long and medium-range missiles that can hit aerial targets, including tactical and strategic aircraft as well as ballistic and cruise missiles, at ranges of up to 400 kilometers.