- Feb 26, 2021
Maybe you are right, may be not. Till date the real RCS were unknown. Maybe su27 having 15m2, su30mki having 16.5m2. so I'm sticking with 15m2 for su30mki [assumption].Different missions require different requirements. In surgical-strike-like requirements, where you are attacking a high-value target while in the high-threat environment, is where you will look at stealth/standoff munitions.
However, in a full-fledged war or military campaign, SEAD + DEAD will be carried out before ground attack. In such a scenario, RCS won't matter. A prime example of this will be the Iraq invasion.
Also if the role of heavyweight bombers is eradicated, then America won't be operating B1-B and B-52.
Rafales are a recent addition to the arsenal, and strategy & tactics revolving around it will be developed in the meantime. Our primary strategy remains using Su-30MKIs as SEAD platforms and using either Jaguar/Mirage/Su-30MKI in DEAD operations.
If Su-27 has an RCS of 10m2, then Su-30MKI should not exceed 11m2. The whole airframe is the same, except canards, which won't contribute more than 1m2 in itself.