I'm sorry Russians themselves put it on hold. So there's nothing to hope for F-35 pilots, RuAF shot themselves on the foot.
The Russians have Su-35s and will have MiG-35s and Su-30s in production... they don't need lots of new expensive stealth fighters... unlike the west who is replacing 4th gen fighters that work with expensive F-35s that like to play sex games with its pilots.
2,300 F-35s are supposed to be in service eventually, yet the only pilot to make it to target will be Quagmire because he likes suffocation sex games...
You can't be serious. Following your logic, the Soviets shouldn't have bothered with the MiG-15 because F-80 sucked and F-86A was facing issues.
You are not using a relevant example, they had an enormous fleet of now obsolete propeller driven aircraft that needed replacing... of course they needed the MiG-15.
You should be asking yourself why NATO is buying a new stealth fighter that the US is afraid Turkey might operate in its own airspace controlled by the S-400... they might see how easy the F-35 is to track and destroy and wonder why they gave up perfectly good and much cheaper 4th gen fighters for that piece of rubbish.
It's not about ''stealth''. They are not procuring any fighters in meaningful nubers, giving weak excuses. Meanwhile vintage Flankers are on their way out.
It is everything to do with stealth... it is an expensive feature... why would you want an entire fleet of such aircraft?
If you believe the marketting the stealth fighters will go in and destroy the enemy air forces and their air defences... but the job of dealing with enemy ground forces remains... why do you need expensive stealth fighters to operate over an enemy with no air defences or aircraft left to hit ground targets?
If you make money selling expensive stealthy aircraft you will demand an all stealth fleet, but why does Russia need that?
Well, I hope we'll see 12 by the end of 2020, but that is not looking too good either. They need to hurry the fuck up.
F-35s wont go near S-400 systems so NATO is fucked... they can't invade Russia if they are afraid of S-400.
Russia is not building fighters in meaningful numbers anymore and delaying Su-57 isn't helping.
Why do you think fighter aircraft matter?
Do you think having 100 Su-57s would stop a NATO attack?
Will NATO forces withdraw from the Baltic countries if Russia has 100 Su-57s?
Do you think building 100 Su-57s right now without proper testing of the serial production models will be cheaper or more expensive than building 12 and testing them in operational units and then making decisions based on that?
They are not prototypes. And I can't believe you people keep repeating that BS. But whatever, keep believing that, it clearly makes you guys feel better.
What are you basing that opinion on?
For all we know these could be MiG-23s on the inside...
China still has hundreds of J-7s and J-8 they need to replace. (Although they already have more 4th generation fighters than Russia anyway, because their fighter fleet is considerably larger, being a larger country and economy, and all that. TRIGGERED, right?)
Did you just say China was a bigger country than Russia?