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Originally posted by WestPoint23
I read some where that the Navy was looking at possibly making a naval version of the F/A-22 only the navy version would carry more bombs/missiles and be bigger.
Originally posted by SOC
The first FLANKER-A prototype flew in 1977, not 1976. The FLANKER-F (T-10PU, Su-30) prototype was converted from the fifth T-10U, and flew sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s (the first T-10U FLANKER-B/Su-27UB prototype flew in 1985).
How are Su-30 series aircraft worse than the MiG-29? Have MiG-29s acquitted themselves better on an international stage than the Su-30Ks of India did over India against the USAF, and now over France against the AdA?
If you compare a baseline Su-30 to a baseline MiG-29C, you have a bigger aircraft with more range, more ability to operate autonomously from a GCI network, and longer-ranged weapons (R-27ER and ET against the operational FULCRUMs R-27R and R-27T). Both still retain a very rudimentary A/G capability in the form of unguided weaponry, the only advantage the FULCRUM having in this arena is the ability to deliver tactical nuclear weapons as it was an FA aircraft.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
I meant the early Su-30 series, not the more modern ones, the modern ones effectively out perform and out class any other fighter in Russian inventory, except the S-37.
And the Su-27 was built from 1976-1977, I didn't mean the date that it was flown. And the Su-27 had 75 percent less manueverability and capability than the F-15C at the time. The Su-27 UB soon became the Su-27 PU and in turn became the baseline Su-30, a double seater aicraft with upgraded engines from the Su-27 baseline. Ok I was wrong to say that the Su-30 was worse than the MiG-29(I was thinking of the first Su-27 prototypes at the time).
Su-30 MK is nothing better than the Su-30 baseline, MK is just export to other nations. M being Multirole and K being export, that's all it was.
Side not, the Su-27 K was the carrier version, so some 'K' models can be different than others, an easier way to remember it is by the designation Su-33.
Source for alot of information that I have gotten is from: Link
It's not the perfect source, granted there are common typos and is in 1st person, but gets all the important information down.
[edit on 11-7-2005 by ShatteredSkies]
Originally posted by tomcat ha
The super hornet seems to be a good successor to the F14. The F14 is a good bomber but the F18 super hornet will be cheaper and its a more modern design. The F14 still wins hands down from a standard F18 tho.