would be great to some peoples opinions on the following.
Some countries are still using old soviet era aircraft in varying roles from trainers to ground assault. The aircraft in particular that i am interested due to there age are: MIG 15 fagot, MIG 17 fresco, MIG 19 farmer, SU 17/20/22 fitter, and TU-16 badger bomber. I know that China produced a copy of the TU-16 called H-6 which is still in service in China and North Korea, and that the Syrian air force are using the SU 17/20/22 against rebels. the other 3 mig 15/17/19 are being used but North Korea and some African countries and also being used as trainers. But are they of any use (other than in the training role) in todays battles???
I personally believe that if the MIG's and SU aircraft are in reasonable shape that they would provide vaulable ground support for troops on the ground, and could also be used at destroying artillery units, distrupting supply lines and attacking transport aircraft aswell as helicopters (providng thay dont have anti aircraft missles). The TU-16 could still be used as a bomber providing the enemies anti air defences are weak, but could also be used in the following roles: transport, anti ship/submarine, recce/suveilance, int gathering, ECM, and a launch platform for cruise missles.
Any input would be great.