Damn...the Russians never quit the cold war.
We need another arms/space/top dog race - AS SOON AS OBAMA IS OUT OF OFFICE so we can reclaim top dog status. The current CiC will lose the war on purpose.
It really isn't about the Cold War. Russia needs a military modernization to begin with but the big deal here is going to be the international arms trade. Unlike the F22, this bird will be sold to anyone that wants it. I guarantee you there is a huge built in market for this plane because of the very existence of the F22. Argentina, Iran, India, and China just to name a few.
Well I have to say, the f22 looks better lol. Reading on it, the idiots stoped production of the most advanced fighter? Crazy.... I know they are working on "unmaned" aircrafts, but some things are just better left alone.
Here's the thing. Manned fighter plans have hit their limits with fifth generation planes. The human body simply can't handle the abilities of those planes. Heck, the F-16 was capable of flying beyond the human bodies limits. I can't imagine how far the F-22 can surpass them.
If you take the human out of the plane and put him in a remote location, you get a fighter that is LIGHT YEARS more maneuverable than anything with a cockpit. It is also going to be a lot smaller and lighter.
According to my sources, the PAK-FA still has a LONG way to go before its production ready. Its basically where the F-22 was in 1991 when it won against the YF-23 for the contract.
The test aircraft in the vid isn't even using the production engines or any of the proposed standard avionics.... in other words, its going to be a while.
Anyway, the PAK-FA is designed to be a less expensive Raptor... while retaining close to the same capabilities of the F-22, but being much less expensive and made for export.
The dolts up on the hill were idiots for cancelling the F-22 after 187 aircraft, as well as keeping an export version off the table for our allies.
While the PAK-FA may not have quite the capabilities of the F-22, it will be less expensive, available for export, and quite capable of kicking the crap out of an F-35.
Way to go Washington!
Good to know..