TR1 wrote:If Irkut made a single seat Su-30, it would NOT have cost less, since they would have needed to make a new production line, new tooling, a whole new testing and trials period, etc etc, entirely defeating the purpose.
Buying Su-30SM can be defended, but a single seat Irkut Flanker is counterproductive.
Irkut is phasing out Flanker production by the end of the decade in any case, making a new airframe does not make sense.
So besides Yak-130, they are dropping out of the fighter market? That would suck. Would be interesting to see what they could come up with.