Zivo wrote:Werewolf wrote:Kyo wrote:Apparently a new stealth CAS plane named "Hornet" is in the make to replace Su-25SM beginning 2020. Is this the so-called PAK-SHA?
Not much of sense making a CAS plane, that is operating just few hundred meters at hot zones, stealth.
A soldier in camoflauge jumping infront of you is not really "stealth".
Well, how long do you think the A-10's would last in all out war with Russia, China, or anyone else with good AA capability? CAS aircraft need some serious updating to remain relevant , especially in the age of UCAVs.
I've never seen a fan-made design I thought would work. It'll be interesting to see what Russia comes up with. I don't think trying to stealthify a Su-25 is going to work, the design's going to have to be unique.
Like the designer of Mi-24 Mil Mi said, the combat life expectancy of Su-25 in real full scale totalitarian war in WW3 between Superpowers would be less than 3 minutes at the front and the Mi-24 was also designed to penetrate enemy front lines and deploy soldiers under SHORAD protected zones, the life expectancy under such unbearable conditions do not extent 3 minutes, the aircrafts were designed to at least deliver their payload before saying good bye.