What would happen?
Key point: As good as the F-16 and F-15 are, it would be close and the Su-35 would prevail in close-quarters combat.
The U.S. Air Force does not use the F-16 primarily as an air superiority fighter—the air-to-air mission is secondary—the AESA is needed to keep the venerable jet relevant. With an AESA, the F-16 could probably hold its own against the Su-35 at longer ranges—but it would still be a challenge.
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