Going back to the Raptor, [Su-30MKi/MKA/MKM project manager Aleksandr] Barkovsky said that generally speaking the Su-30MKI performance is largely similar, "but we did it ten years ago".
The Su-35 with 16% more power and a bit less structural weight will perform somewhat better than the Raptor and the Su-30MKI. Touching on the Raptor's flat spin recovery maneuver, Barkovsky said the F-22A made only three-third of the 360-degree arc before attempting recovery with vectored thrust. "We demonstrated flat spin recovery after 2 - 3 circles. Besides, we used thrust vectoring to change direction of the spin rotation and then recovered. They are still to demonstrate that".
Barkovsky also said that from his viewpoint the potential of the F-22A platform is not fully exploited yet, so that Lokcheed Martin has something to work on. Ultimately, the
maker shall be able to offer air show visitors a more spectacular demonstration when the Raptor potential is fully exploited by its flight control system". US
The Russian fighters use round-shaped nozzles that are part of their engines, while on the Raptor's flat nozzles are a part of the airframe. "Their design solution give them more ability to fool infrared missiles", the Su-30MKI chief designer said.
The Su-35 is classified as "transitional type" from fourth to fifth generation fighters, a bridge-gapping measure before
's PAK FA fifth generation fighter becomes available. Russian air force commander Gen. Aleksandr Zelin expects its prototype to fly in 2009 and pass trials in 2013. Zelin came to Farnborough to watch performance of the Raptor in the company of Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan. Zelin told the media on the eve of the show that "from what we have seen", the F-22A does not exceed the Su-35 in maneuverable fight performance. Russia
In his turn Mikhail Pogosyan said the Su-35 is not a match for the F-22A, but the PAK FA shall match it. He added that the cycle of the fifth generation fighter development takes 7-10 years. "Not all of our customers will go for the fifth generation fighter due to its high complexity and costs. They may find the Su-35 meeting their needs". He predicts the market for more than 200 Su-35s in 2011-2020 time frame. He further said that production of the Su-35 can run in parallel with that of the PAK FA "for several years".
Russia's views about the new F-22 flying display
Vladimir Karnozov, Flight's Moscow-based correspondent, got the Russian perspective on the F-22 flying display on Monday. Excerpted below are quotes from the article appearing in next week's magazine.
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