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.
Going back to the Raptor, [Su-30MKi/MKA/MKM project manager Aleksandr] Barkovsky said that generallyspeaking the Su-30MKI performance is largely similar, “but we did it ten yearsago”.
The Su-35 with 16% more power and a bit less structural weight willperform somewhat better than the Raptor and the Su-30MKI. Touching on theRaptor’s flat spin recovery maneuver, Barkovsky said the F-22A made onlythree-third of the 360-degree arc before attempting recovery with vectoredthrust. “We demonstrated flat spin recovery after 2 – 3 circles. Besides, weused thrust vectoring to change direction of the spin rotation and thenrecovered. They are still to demonstrate that”.
Barkovsky also said that fromhis 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 shallbe able to offer air show visitors a morespectacular demonstration when the Raptor potential is fully exploited by itsflight control system”. US
The Russianfighters use round-shaped nozzles that are part of their engines, while on theRaptor’s flat nozzles are a part of the airframe. “Their design solution givethem more ability to fool infrared missiles”, the Su-30MKI chief designer said.
The Su-35 is classified as “transitional type” from fourthto fifth generation fighters, a bridge-gapping measure before
‘s PAK FA fifth generation fighter becomesavailable. Russian air force commander Gen. Aleksandr Zelin expects itsprototype to fly in 2009 and pass trials in 2013. Zelin came to Farnborough towatch performance of the Raptor in the company of Sukhoi general directorMikhail Pogosyan. Zelin told the media on the eve of the show that “from whatwe have seen”, the F-22A does not exceed the Su-35 in maneuverable fightperformance. 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 generationfighter development takes 7-10 years. “Not all of our customers will go for thefifth generation fighter due to its high complexity and costs. They may findthe Su-35 meeting their needs”. He predicts the market for more than 200 Su-35sin 2011-2020 time frame. He further said that production of the Su-35 can runin parallel with that of the PAK FA “for several years”.