I have heard alot of 'talk' and confident bragging here on the famed "cobra maneuver" and the "super-cobra" by the Russians, who brag about this
also, Sukhois's (Su-37's, etc).
I wish to discuss some facts that illustrate the "cobra's" ineffectiveness.....
First, the "cobra maneuver" and "super-cobra" can only be done without
any armament and with less than 50% or half the fuel tanks.....
Second, the "cobra maneuver" and "super-cobra" performed in a wrong way can cause serious damages and in fact, has attributed to numerous deaths
of pilots at 15g.
Thirdly, the "cobra maneuver" and "super cobra" is only effective if the interceptor is really close and does not pick it up ....
Fourth, the "cobra maneuver" and "super-cobra" slows the Sukhoi down so much that if the interceptor spots the maneuver early enough and adjusts
there is absolutely no way that the Sukhoi can survive.
Fifth, the only air maneuvers that the Sukhoi's can truly claim as a "no one else can do" is the "Super Cobra" and "Kulbit".
The Swedish did the famed "cobra maneuver" back in the 60's and it has been claimed, yet still unconfirmed, that a number of US aircraft (ie: F-22,
etc.) can perform the standard "cobra maneuver".
Sixth, the Sukhoi's can also do a 120 degree AOA (angle of attack) which they also brag about but fail to comment on how long the aircraft can hold
the position. The 120 AOA has only been proven to have been done a few times and only for a few seconds. And that is not opinion...thats simply
On the other hand.......the F-22 can perform a constant
60 +/- degree AOA, not seconds, and can do this while rocking the wings at higher
speeds than the Sukhoi's. This is a feat that NO other aircraft can do. Also, the AOA for the F-22 is unlimited even though it has not been tested
outside the wind tunnel tests beyond 80 degrees + AOA. Here is a picture of a F-22 doing such a 70 degree AOA upside down. To confirm this, look at
the engine heat:
Truth beknown, any AOA beyond 60 degrees is pointless or simply not needed.
[edit on 15-6-2005 by Seekerof]