Garry, but then with the advent of energetic all aspects short range AA missiles and helmet mounted sights, doesn't that mean an older fighter can go toe to toe with a 5th gen fighter in a dog fight?
A large driving force behind stealth fighters was the helmet mounted sight and high off boresight AAMs.
It is what kept the F-22 alive after the end of the cold war and the main driving force behind the F-35... the threat of the R-73 was a one all plane for plane situation... if the enemy can launch their AAM before your missile hits them there is a good chance both aircraft will be destroyed and the west could not afford to trade aircraft one for one.
You are comparing 1980s R-27 with 1960s Vietnam era AIM-7 Sparrow. 1980s AIM-7M had a much better kill rate in the 1991 Gulf war.
Not really... it was still being used against targets that generally were unaware they were being targeted.
Another critical aspect is that Sparrow needs to continuously paint the target to guide the sparrow to hit that target... tha makes it an easy target for the much faster R-27P passive radar homing AAM.
Well the pilot believes he physically dodged the Amraams - although was is not dark at the time, so I don't know how he might have seen the missiles in the first place?
Rate of turn for a missile is pathetic compared with almost any aircraft for BVR missiles... this is because of the combination of small control surfaces and high speed... outmanouvering does not mean dogfighting... it just means turning inside an arc that the missile cannot manage.
It is a problem with larger BVR missiles and a big reason why R-77 was fitted with its grid tail fins to allow harder turns in terminal guidance.