GarryB Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:29 am
Seems the Russians agree too, they took Su-24s to war in Syria to test their new Avionics bombing/navigation suite, and they had Su-34s to test them because they are new, while they also had Tu-22m3 and heavier aircraft for the heavy stuff.
They used Su-30 and Su-35 and even briefly the Su-57... the former two for actual air protection and the latter for testing.
Of course it does not need to be that way for Iran... with a good combination they could get away with not needing big expensive modern fighters...
I would expect a modern AWACS platform that the Russians develop for their new carriers would be a sophisticated useful aircraft, while the real key is payload... ie AAMs... with an AWACS platform you have 360 degree vision, so what you really need is a collection of short, medium, and long range missiles to deal with a range of air threats. RVV-BD on a modified MiG-35 that could carry perhaps four RVV-BD, plus four RVV-SD and perhaps two RVV-MD on a five pylon wing loadout...
The long and medium range shots taken using AWACS data, while the short range missiles would be used against close combat threats.
Actually I would probably change that to two RVV-BD, and four RVV-SD and four RVV-MD.