You seem to be very pro-Raptor here. I disagree with your comparison. Please note that the Raptor is a modern, advanced fighter. The Flanker is not as
modern or as advanced. The Flanker lacks the thrust vectoring capabilities that the Raptor displays at every opportunity. However, it can be noted
that the Flanker does not need this capability. In terms of airframe, the Flanker has more in common with the Eagle or Tomcat and thus is incomparable
to the Raptor.
Pugachev's Cobra is applicable in combat when one dogfights with another comparable airframe.
Assume the following: A Flanker and a Tomcat have no Air to Air capability left, save for cannon. They encounter each other and attempt to command the
other through classic maneuvers. This goes on for some time. Suddenly, just as the Tomcat gets into a "kill" position, the Flanker says
The result: the Flanker gains the kill position and cooks Goose.
Who says that the Cobra has no combat use? This sort of situation has a very high chance of occurring and thus it must be assumed that of two craft of
similar airframes, the one which can outmaneuver the other will emerge the victor.
However, having said that, let me say this: Another thread mentions the "Houdini" where the Raptor kills the Flanker... from 20nmi maintaining
invisibility and using a nice AMRAAM.
In conclusion: While the Cobra is fast becoming obsolete, in a worst case scenario it may be the one thing that can keep you alive. DO NOT
underestimate the combat applications of this fine maneuver, and DO NOT let yourself get caught in this sort of situation. The Raptor is by far the
Flanker's superior but only due to its stealth technology.
Also, thrust vectoring is for pussies.
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')'d. You see, the GAT only allows those with a jet fighter to perform. The only thing I had was a Nighthawk parked out
back. The rep couldn't see the joke either.