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originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
a reply to: Zaphod58
Tu-160s are bombers...?
The Russians are building military for defence, so I guess they think Su-30 and Su-35 with upgrades can be sufficient in combination with SA-300, SA-400 and SA-500 systems. The SA-300 is the most modern after update, but they seem to have sufficient fate in them.
They do the same with their tanks, T-72s get upgraded to T-90s specs with tech from T-14 also in it, I`m guessing they think that will be sufficient too.
Official sources told IHS Jane's that the IAF's primary objections to fighter's preliminary design features included the inadequacy of its AL-41F1 engines, its stealth features and its weapons carriage system.
Differences also emerged over the operational capability of the Byelka active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Additional IAF concerns include the overall development cost of the aircraft, its maintainability and safety features, the sources said.
As a result, in recent months the IAF has significantly reduced the number of FGFA aircraft it plans to acquire from around 220 to 130-145. It has also dropped its requirement for 45-50 twin-seat FGFA trainers as Russia had demanded an additional USD1 billion and extended deadlines for their development.
The IAF is also annoyed over Russian reluctance to share design information on the T-50 PAK-FA -officially designated the Perspective Multi-Role Fighter (PMF) by India - despite New Delhi being an equal financial partner in its development costs.
originally posted by: Jowade
Hi all! First post here!
I wrote this article - The Sentinel is my blog.