@ Alfa T8
".....Now on the airwar front with the US.The issue here isnt so much the f-22 or f-35, althoug taking a solid number of them down would deliver quite the blow to the western psychi, the problem is the west is all too aware of this so dont expect too many 5gens at the front, more likely western legacy fighters will be the real challenge.Luckily there is a way to delivery not just a psychological blow, but also a severe tactical blow by simply targeting the numerous american basesand especially airfields across the region.This is why the west has been so whynni about Iran's missile programs, because even the US cant wage much of a war if their bases are being bombed by missiles.After all, the west is well aware of their lack luster air-defense systems, and their even more lacking missile defense capabilities.As for what aircrafts Iran should invest in, going with a high/low combo would probly be best.Su-30/35s and mig-29Ms similar config to the Egyptions, or jf-17, j-10, although a more pressing issue would be to upgrade already existing aircraft and get ToT for those upgrades...... "
The West is very well aware that in any war , especially in the early stages , that the lead attackers will be the new aircraft like F35 , to disable AD and Radar . Recently the threats from them and Israel , have been with F35 . They are not going to throw away metal planes and pilots to Iran AD . I doubt that American air bases in the region will be all occupied , or aircraft carriers within easy reach , just prior to Air war . They will pull back , initially to just outside Iran missile range . Thereafter they will use new generation of ship based stealth bombers and drone air refuelling . Attacking from 3000 km distance ! The West has been shy in attacking , not because of Iran capability as such , but because they themselves do not have a high tolerance for casualties . Even a modest number of them , like Iraq ( 4000 ) , was enough to force withdrawal in the end .
They attack the weak . They wait for a civil war , when enemy lost capability to fight back , even in minimal way , to even cause a few casualties , such that they can not withstand ! In case of civil unrest , the armed forces can not use the weapons effectively . They desert or are demoralised and will not fight back . Even if they have effective weapons .
Iran in purchasing say SU-30 from Russia , then must justify this purchase , based on actual performance of Aircraft . Since no large scale air war existed , that tested say the SU-30 against F35 , then simulations should be arranged , either computer or actual , to see what numbers are needed . A suitable practical test , might be a mock battle between SU-30 and SU-57 stealth , with similar capability and RCS to say F35 . Then we can decide ! Perhaps tests also needed for new checkmate fighter as well for a better fighter against F35 ?