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Originally posted by waynos.......
Just think what Sukhoi would have achieved with the same sort of unbroken development line that MiG enjoyed. Naturally you will think of more MiG's because they were everywhere, but technically Sukhoi had the lead. One exception is the MIg 21, this was far better than the Sukhoi Fitter and Fishpot, but again, these designs were made by a company re-establishing itself. When they got into their stride the Su-15 Flagon was far better than its Mikoyan rival and the Flanker (designed over 30 years ago) is simply the greatest of the lot. Nothing wrong with MiG's though, as you point out, but Sukhoi can get too easily overlooked, it was the comments about MiG's longer history in the field that prompted me to reply in this thread, it simply isn't the case.
Another thing. It is not fare to compare Su and MiG fighters, no two aircraft were delsigned to compete against each other,
Aren't the Su and MiG type of a/c in different classes alltogether?
from the planes I've had knowledge about, I've always looked at the Su a/c to be the more "heavier payload, longer range interdiction type" fighter where as the MiG has always come across as the more lightweight, faster?,nimble aircraft
The proposals for the 5th gen fighters from the resp. companies follow the same trend as far as I know..
What were the Su equivalents of the MiG 23 and 27?