F-35 has shortcomings (like issues related to supercruise) is true. But to suggest that Russian fighter are a technological marvel is absolute drivel. The Rafale is almost half the size of the Su-30 and yet for its size it carries far more weapons.
In video game land the plane that carries hundreds of AAMs and thousands of AGMs is the best plane.
The Rafale is a very good plane but it is not magic... look at photos of it operationally and you will see it probably carries a similar weapon load to an Su-30 except the Rafale is probably carrying a couple of external fuel tanks or needs refuelling tanker support for most missions, while the Su-30 generally does not.
If two R-77s and two R-73s wont get the job done then carrying 6 R-77s and 6 R-73s is not going to help...
For the same weight class most U.S/Western fighter carry far more weapons than Russian fighter. Besides, western engines are more advanced. Explains why Russian fighter have two engines.
With the exception of F-35, Gripen, and F-16 most western aircraft have two engines too... in fact during the end of the cold war period with the Su-17, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27, and Su-11s the Soviets probably had more single engined aircraft than HATO did.
Even CAST head Ruslan Pukhov accepts the superiority of Western fighter in this video.
What is WELT? Who funds them?
Mirage 2000 had a very good and powerful engine that could have been used for Rafale with a new version.
The 1980s was a while ago, but I remember in military books the first version of Rafale was basically a twin engined Mirage 2000... in fact I think it was called Mirage 4000 for a while.
The choice is understandable because modern fighters cost much more than 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation which were produced in thousands. So you don't want to loose aircraft because of engine failures that can happen on any engine no matter how good it is or because of foreign object damages that can also happen any time they fly.
It is cheaper to put two 8 ton thrust engines into the Mach 2.4 MiG-29 than to find one 16 ton single engine to get similar performance...
Smaller lighter engines are cheaper... they put a single more powerful engine in the F-5 and called it an F-20, but the two small engines on the F-5 were what made it cheap and simple and easy to operate...
Best means nothing. Any fighter can loose against any other if you fly it the wrong way.
And fighters like tanks or any other piece of equipment needs to be used with the help of other asstets to be good.
The game war thunder tries to simulate armour protection levels and armour penetration of weapons and if you have ever watched it or played it you would very quickly see how important tactics are with every vehicle and that no vehicle can go out in to the middle of an open area and just fire at everything with no fear of being destroyed... even Leopard2A7s with their made up 2.5m thick frontal turret armour can easily be destroyed from the side or the rear even by late WWII vehicles.
The reason the Russians invested in 300km range AAMs like R-37M and their new longer ranged missile is because situational awareness is critical to how a pilot fights and taking down AWACS and JSTARS breaks HATO IADS and their pilots situational awareness.
Syria can buy 50 su-57 they will still loose against israel that is much better trained and have everything to use their aviation (ELINT, AWACS, AD, radars, datalinks...).
Exactly... If Saddam had 5,000 M1A2 Abrams tanks in Desert Storm the Americans would have just use B-52s to bomb the shit out of them and they could not defend themselves.
Propaganda piece? Ruslan Pukhov is a employee of the Russian government. You think Russian government employees are carrying out propaganda against the Russian MIC?
WELT is not a Russian government component, and if you read some of the comments by Patriot Vostok I suspect it is mostly HATO bullshit... they are the ones that fund such documentaries... either Russia is shit so we can feel good about all the trillions of dollars wasted competing with them, or they are the most dangerous thing in the universe... which means we need to spend more money to defeat them/counter them.
Why do you think Russians have better philosophy?
They are not spending themselves into oblivion with increasingly prohibitively expensive equipment... an American S-500 would be trillions of dollars worth and it looks like they are buying their Su-35s for a quarter of what the US will likely pay for their new F-15s...
Off the shelf price yes. But Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) of Russian fighter, helos is almost 2x as expensive as western ones. Russian after sales support is below average compared to U.S and Germany.
Where on earth did you get that idea from? If the Russians spent two times more on maintenance of their fighters they wouldn't have any.... the west spends vastly more than 20 times more than the Russians spend on weapons... the US alone spends ten times and then add all the other HATO countries into the mix... there is no way Russia could afford to spend as much on their aircraft as the west does.
Russian support for exported items is paid for by the customer... and they get what they pay for... save a bit of money on cheap or no service and it will bite you in the ass later. The Russian military service and support their own aircraft and there are no problems there at all.
That's the reason why countries like Egypt, India etc who purchases Russian fighter also procure western fighter.
But wait a minute... if Russian fighters cost twice as much to operate surely those expensive western fighters must work out cheaper... why would they even look at Russian fighters?
These days the US imposes economic sanctions on countries that buy S-400 missiles and Su-35 fighters so they must have some pretty amazing features to make countries risk such dire consequences just to get some Russian planes.
It has EW systems a generation ahead of anything that Su 35 has.
The Russians were able to detect US stealth fighters (F-35s) along the Iranian border using ground radar based in Russia... which suggests in terms of anti stealth technology they are actually doing rather well... do you think the Americans could track their own F-35s independently with ground based radar?
I would say one of the reasons the Egyptians will buy Russian fighters is because as long as they pay for it the Russians are likely to sell the weapons they want... unlike the US.
When you are the only in the market with a 5G plane this is not so apparent, as more and more rivals appear it is going to hurt badly.
When the enemy is the third world just being able to point your nose and fire a missile directly at the target without it having to pull a 180 degree turn off the rail to line the target up... I would think TVC engines will render dogfighting less important... look first, turn first, kill first...