Ermm, Russian military aviation is almost an oxymoron. The Kuznetsov can't get out of port, and only has something like 11 (marginally) operable SU-33's left anyway, and no intention to replace any airframes. The PVO hasn't introduced any new AC in significant numbers in a c.o.o.n's age, and has only upgraded a handful of planes in the last 20 years.Originally Posted by Insomniac
Sukhoi may be doing well as a company, but it's foreign sales that's responsible for that, not Russian orders.
Technologically, Russia lags seriously in signal processing, integrated avionics, LO technology, radar and engine design, just to name a couple areas. Russian NCTR still uses fan blade counting, for crying out loud. There's a reason that India went elsewhere for the cockpit of their Flankers.
While Russia was first with a helmet mounted sight for IR missiles, the American JHMCS is a complete helmet mounted HUD, vs. just a crosshair in the HMS. Not even comparable.
You guys talk like a tech demon is the same as a production AC. The 1.44 and SU37 are just testbeds. I might as well talk about how badass the F-23 is, and how it can take out anything in the air, lol. The 1.44 and SU37 were never even fitted out with weapons. The 1.44 flew for all of 15 minutes, and never even retracted the landing gear. Hardly a threat, except maybe to the test pilot. The sole flying example of an SU37 crashed in the Paris Air Show.
We have something over 70 Raptors in service now, with new AC coming off the line at the rate of 2-3 per month. The first production model F-35 will fly this year, sometime around July-August. These are examples of actual combat aircraft, not tech demonstrators. Anyone who has been involved in AC development knows that a tech demon is nothing like the finished product, and usually bears only a superficial resemblance.
So no, Russian military aviation is nowhere close to the US.