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it has instead remained as a technology demonstrator for updated Su-27 family aircraft such as the export Su-30 and the modernized Su-35.
Halfway to PAK FA: the latest addition to the Su-27 family seeks to bridge the gap to the fifth generation combat aircraft.(Defence)
originally posted by: haman10
Russia is ahead of US in airdefense tech. by leaps and bounds .
Comparing Patriot PAC3 with even S-300PMU1 is merely a ridiculous notion . let alone PMU2 or S-400 .
originally posted by: mSparks43
a reply to: Zaphod58
its a "new design" - in that the shell is different, electronic components and computers are upgraded
They have new engines in developement.
The "chassis" is the same (actually, looking more at it, it's su27 airframe, su30 is the "export" variant) (analogous to the BMW M series)
So anyone who has an su27 airframe
can have the latest and greatest fgfa
just by removing the old parts (designed to be easily replaced when damaged during battle) and bolting on the new ones.
USA could of kept up if they did something similar with the F15.
Instead, you gave the western markets the catastrophe that is the f35. and none of the potential buyers are close to having aircraft that can compete. and to do so they have to completely replace their entire stock.
All because it "had" to have VTOL. (aka "sitting duck mode")
which makes you slow, clumsy and heavy. (which is why the loadout is so abysmal)
The Russian prototype is "unreliable, its radar inadequate, its stealth features badly engineered,” said Indian Air Force Deputy Air Marshall S Sukumar
In the paper, entitled "Stealth Technology: Fundamental and Applied Problems," Russian stealth researchers claim to have reduced the head-on radar cross-section (RCS) of a Sukhoi (Moscow, Russia) Su-35 fighter by an order of magnitude, halving the range at which hostile radars can detect it. The research group has performed more than 100 hours of testing on a reduced-RCS Su-35. According to other reports, the ITAE has demonstrated similar technology on a MiG-21bis, and it has been offered to India as part of a MiG-21 upgrade package. Similar modifications have been made to Western aircraft (such as the Have Glass package developed for the F-16), but it is not known whether they claim the same level of performance. …