GarryB wrote:You mean rocket assisted takeoff?
they have mentioned development of EM cats on their new carriers... the only practical purpose for such is to allow heavier aircraft to operate from the carrier like AWACS and tanker aircraft and light transports
That's what I mean, using rocket assisted takeoff for just Yak-44. They are planning to upgrade Kuznetsov and still use it a long time so it could be a good choice to put an Awacs. Using Ka-31 for that role is not the best option as it simply look around the carrier, no deep penetration near the combat zone. Plus the radar could be more powerfull, flown higher and designed in L band to see F-22/35 300km away.
max steel wrote:
But Israelis jammed or decoyed Syrian S-300 successfully.
I've never heard they have them. They wouldn't be so afraid of Iranian S-300 if they could do so ...