The Su-30 was restricted from using it's radar in Red Flag by it's own air force. You can't fly into a BVR environment with your radar turned off and expect to do well. They're just not willingly to constantly give out their frequencies, not an uncommon tactic. In the visual merge with F-15s over the Indian Ocean they won 90%, when the F-15 was restricted from BVR. I'd say that's poor circumstances to judge either of those aircraft on.
Underestimating Russian avionics is not a great idea. They led the world for decades in radar development and only fell behind with the advent if high powered processors, which they've since adapted to since.
on the F-22, just google it, lots of links. Faulty valve in the g-suit vest, fixed as of July last year. Secondary issue with warming up inside a closed hangar in sub zero Alaska causing hypoxia issues with the pilot and ground crew, resolved by chemical sniffers and better procedures was fixed well before that.
Besides, I doubt if Russia can have a real stealth fighter ready by 2020.
That we agree we on =P 2020 does seem a little fast, but 2025 doesn't seem far fetched for PAK-FA production models to be available. I don't expect it to have the RCS of an export model F-35, but they seem to have fixed many of the initial non-stealthy external features like adding jagged edges to the gear doors.
You're right about Russian customer service lol. I've never had what I'd qualify as "good experiences", and that's mainly just video game companies there.
As for us, the JF-17 is not there to fight a stealth class fighter. We will have other stuff for that.
You don't always get the choice. It seems like a better export product than indigenous defense fighter. Most countries don't have neighbors getting ready to field PAK-FA and would be a solid market for it.
Why do many of the posts here seem to come from people who masturbate to Tom Clancy and Dale Brown "novels?"
#56 | Posted by john47 at 2013-02-26 08:28 AM | Reply | Flag:
That fiction is ridiculously boring. I'm into aircraft though, all kinds. If you'd like to come play a study-sim with me, you can download FreeFalcon 6 here: www.lockonfiles.com
Pretty sure there's a Pakistan-India campaign available, and you get to sim without silly political ROE.