miketheterrible wrote:I think the 36 in question are now orders, the next orders will be these newer Su-30's.
And yes, I am correct. They might as well make a Su-35 two seater and be done with it.
As well, Irbis-E's performance mentions was years ago. As far back as 2009. Same time Bars radar was much less capable than it is today (Yes, Medo is correct, 400km range for larger targets, about 250km - 300km for fighter sized targets (3m^2). That is now or around 2014 when Bars-R came to light and all its improvements (Without needing much for power output increase. As Medo said, with new APU's they could just switch outright to Irbis radar). But for what we know, they may have already made modernization of the Irbis Radar for better sensitivity and increase range within the same amount of power draw or less.
With the same tech, s-400 radars should be able to see anything at max range, stealth or not. New awacs will be beast and even smaller ones with smaller radar than a-100 can be very good if a radar with an antenna of 1m can see a target of 3m2 at 400km which is what awacs can do today then an awacs mounted on SSJ-100 or similar plane could see f-22 at 500-600 km easily. Even track it ajd guide r-37 on them.