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The AESA radar on the launch aircraft is the main problem with LPI you will need to detect it on radar or IR.
reply to post by JimTSpock
The F-15 and F-16, as well as the rest of the Legacy fleet around the world all have large RCSs, where the T-50 is quite stealthy. It would be like the F-22 v F-15 exercises, only in a real fight. The T-50 wouldn't have any problem finding them, while they wouldn't have any idea it was there. And if the K-77 has an LOAL feature, then an existing legacy Russian fighter could fire without the warning going off in the target aircraft that it had been fired upon.
An integral rocket liquid fuel ramjet engine gives FMRAAM combustion at all altitudes and high angles of attack and provides superior kinematic performance, including:
higher average velocity
greater fly-out range
expanded no-escape zones
lower smoke, which reduces the enemy's chances of sighting the launch and evading the missile
capability for launch at lower speeds
extreme agility at intercept
reply to post by JohnnySasaki
It's all about numbers. We have 185 F-22s, that have an extremely limited ground attack role, and can't target radar sites, except with Small Diameter Bombs, which won't do much against them.
That means that F-16s are going to have to go in, in the Weasel role beating for SAM sites. And F-15s are going to have to backstop the F-22s in the air superiority role. Which means we're going to have a LOT of non-stealthy aircraft in the area that are going to be extremely vulnerable to this missile.