Discussion in 'Europe and Russia' started by W.G.Ewald, Aug 23, 2012.
The Russian Military Is Buying Over 500 New Aircraft - Business Insider
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I disagree with three points in his analysis.
Executing contracts during the same year as PAKFA's induction for the same class of inferior fighters and inducting the same number of Flankers as PAKFAs. No chance. Russia can better utilize that money to kick start the 5th gen LFI with MiG.
Not if MiG is allowed to start the LFI program. There is a high chance MiG may develop new UCAVs for the VVS as is expected. Considering the Mig-35 contract is required in 2014-15 period, that is at the same time as PAKFA completes development, the Russians can easily start a new 5th gen development while Sukhoi concentrates on the 5th gen Su-25.
Mig-35 can find an export market instead.
There is no chance that a new Light Fighter will be developed by Mig or Sukhoi , The GPV-2020 has no funding for it and they have already mentioned that no such program exists.
The only program funded by RuAF and MOD is PAK-FA , CAS fighter ( to replace Su-25 ) and PAK-DA program.
There is really no need for them to fund another program since it required enormous fund to fund a program that VVS does not need it.
They are better off funding Su-35 , Mig-35 and PAK-FA in a Hi-LO category plus Su-34 for Tactical Bombing Role.
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