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So, their appearance off Alaska is notable in spite of the routine. By sending its most advanced jets on these patrols, the Kremlin might be attempting to show it can project power on par with the U.S. military.
On top of that, the aircraft has a quick-scanning Irbis-E passive electronically-scanned array (PESA) radar and an electro-optical system that includes a laser range finder and long-range infrared search and tracking capabilities that stealthy fighters cannot hide from. On top of that, the jets reportedly have a powerful electronic warfare suite to jam and confuse hostile radars. Taken together, the Russians have boasted, without much in the way of public evidence, that this combination could allow the jets to better detect low-observable jets such as the F-22 and F-35.