Why dont you say that you cant bear the fact that Russian air force is improving....you speak about funds ...dont forget Russia is the second largest
defense sender (3rd largest according some).
Oh please. Russia is populated by a bunch of wannabe morons sir. The entire progression of the Cold War is marked by monkey-see-do emulation of
capabilities rather than innovation of mission.
You _never_ fight the way your enemy fights best! Specifically, if you want to destroy a threat air force, you don't do it with systems of like
The Yak-130 and 'someday' PAK-FA is furthering Russia's dancing-bear image of halfwit engineering 'slavshly' copying operational paradigms on a
shoe string budget of technical if not production mimicry.
If you want to see the way they SHOULD be going, you should look at _zero_ manned rating (which means your 60-80hr/year Sniper pilot corps, 20hr/year
Novices are no longer an active factor).
And a switch back to the kinds of drone systems which once scared the West pissless. It was not MiG-25s that were flying over Germany and the Low
Countries, all the way down the coast to Spain and back. It was the Jastreb. TEN YEARS before the Foxbat flew.
THAT is what a modern fighter should look like. Not a trainer aircraft trying to pretend to greatness. Not an Air Force composed of RHIP old men and
flying hours morte du jours. But a platform that can meet the U.S. and other Western air powers on _advantaged terms_ relative to total numbers and
total dedication with a _shared_ training acumen.
Until you get away from walking in a giant's footsteps because you know no better, you will never do anything 'competitive' with your own
innovative style. Until you make the giant turn around and wonder why your are not gallumphing along behind him, you will never steal a march by
which you make /him/ smaller as he has to chase _you_.
No other country in this world today apart from USA has the a aircraft Industry and tradition similar to Russia.
Crap. The U.S. hasn't produced more than 100 tacjets per year for home use in more than a decade. But the jets we build are the jets that are
bought and _will beat_ the threat. Whereas the Su-30 is a warmed over Gen-3 bird looking for a reason to exist and only purchased by nations that can
absolutely neither afford nor morally lay claim to buy anything else.
Basically, you sell junk to 3rd world monsters.
Thus your entire comparitive analogy hides an inferiority complex ten miles wide. Because rather than be 'just like U.S.' you should be building
_to your own bloody needs_. Whoring military technology across the globe 'on the off chance' that one of yours will mortally embarrass one of ours
in a pissant war so that you can secretly do the pump-fist "Yessss!" ego trip is juvenile at best sir.
And an incredible waste of money compared to the need to first-build a civil infrastructure which has not markedly changed or improved since
'Glasnost' was announced TWO decades ago.
And surely the project will make a lot of money ...after all we have our Technically underdeveloped and ignorant customer -China
They are on your border sir. Not mine. While I have no more faith in your sales of military hardware as being 'single point investments' which
will not undergo further reengineering than I do the 'technology controls' inherent to U.S. manufacturers like Boeing sending advanced NMC machine
tools to a country of slave-ants, the fact of the matter is that the Asian TMDs are _full of Asians_ and if it ever comes to it, you are planting the
seeds of halving your own empire.
educate yourselves :
No gumby. Stop reading brochures like they were worth the paper they were written on and start thinking about the political, moral and operational
costs of going with what is obviously a cheap-sale solution to the absolute lowest common denominator of market user.
LCA/LSA and COIN are one and the same. i.e. Aircraft whose sole advantage (cheapness) is allied to their use against the largely helpless. Whether
in your own backofbeyond hellholes like Chechnya or someone else', that is in and of itself a sign of how little has changed in the Russian mindset
of butcher-all-and-let-Lenin-sort'em-out utter lack of conscience.
Yet, KNOWING this, and KNOWING that your pilots continue to fly as little as 20hrs per year, you are setting up a 'new training pipe' of needless
capability growth while your own people live hand to mouth and the population grows not only dumber but _smaller_ as your best and brightest run like
striped apes to /anywhere/ else.
There is no need for a Yak-130 buy of 250 units. It's pure crass commercialism using non-elective tributary funds from a taxated people that cannot
do a damn thing to say no. All so that 'the few' can maintain an apparatchik loyalist lifestyle far more corrupt than anything the West undertakes.
By artificially creating a baseline production capability which they then sell on the cheap to foreign customers.
How ironic that BOTH the U.S. -and- the FSU are so alike in this one area of 'anti capitalism'. Namely the use of guaranteed federal funds to
justify their private projects to the point where they are profitable /after/ the taxpayer has funded their development.
You want real military capability? Develop a reusable SAM that hunts targets for more than 3 minutes at a time and can make a second pass if it
misses. A SAM which is cheap enough to be launched 100-200-300 at a time, even by a backwater.
You want real /strike/ capability? Develop high density digital architecture computer industry and use it to make small bombs land with robotic
precision off a robotic _loitering_ platform.
Don't play tail chase with the Americans on manned systems which you cannot afford the numbers to match our own technology. And which are about to
be block-obsolesced anyway by approaching Dawn Of DEWS.