Domestic pilot Vladimir Popov spoke about the possible reasons for the destruction of the Su-30SM. The latter was “liquidated” by means of a cannon installed on the Su-35S, both aircraft belong to the Russian Federation.
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The honored pilot suggested that the pilot in control of the aircraft could “shoot” with a live projectile instead of photographing. This is possible if the combat chain is left off. Popov added that such a scenario is unlikely given the current technical regulations. At the end of combat duty, all equipment provided for the aircraft is transferred to its original position, or “reset”. At the same time, batteries function only for devices and systems that minimize energy production.
The system that launches missiles and is responsible for firing is very energy-intensive. Against this background, it is automatically knocked out. If there is a human factor, this kind of incident is possible. Popov considers the most probable version in which the pilot could not notice the indication on the scoreboard, where it is indicated that it is the combat cannon that is working. Usually it is automatically switched by those who train the fighter on the ground.