Apparently now the Russian Airforce top general.. is saying that they will buy Pak-FA
in the hundreds and thousands.. no longer will limit it to 12 as originally they adjusted it until
Russia has finally decided to go forward with the acquisition of many Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA starting in 2017.
Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev confirmed on Thursday that Russia will buy as many T-50 PAK FA as the industry can deliver.
Last March, Russia dramatically decreased its T-50 PAK FA order due “to major economic setback—mostly due to Western sanctions and the fall of the Ruble.” However, the Defense Ministry reserved the right to readjust the order of the Sukhoi PAK FA if deemed necessary.
“The aircraft will enter mass production in 2017. We will order as many [fighter jets] as the industry can provide ,” Bondarev told reporters. The testing of the aircraft is in full swing, it shows excellent performance and its weapons system works great both on the land and in the air.”
That should put an end to the NeoTrolls at RT that Pak-fa was a failure and that the program stalled ,that it didn't work and India didn't wanted them..
For the record.. Russia airforce told in 2010 they will be building at least a Thousand of Pak_fa
planes.. Now what they say they will be building as many the company can produce ,and apparently no longer they will have a limit.. They for sure will cut budget somewhere else to
Manage the big shopping .
If i were in charge of the military budget , i will cut and decommission about half of the soviets
,sitting ducks large warships and also their Kirov class too.. and start building Leader project instead.Since Russia never fight outside its borders , they have no need to project any power far away of Russia. Having thousands of sailors in a single warship ,that can be sent to the button of the sea with just one torpedo ,is something i consider bad strategy.. Instead Russia should focus in a smaller but more powerful navy with smaller warships to defend Russia.
Gremyashchy-class corvettes with Short range S-400s and Gorshkov-class frigate should form
the backbone of Russia surface navy ,and operate them with the smallest crew possible and decommission vast majority of all those soviet combat warships.
Submarines is the other hand build as many as they can.. but with the smallest crew possible.
for projection they can start building now.. not in 2020 a couple of leaders destroyers with S-500s will be useful to extend the Anti ballistic defense of Russia territory beyond Russia territory.. One for the caspian sea.. another for the pacific will be enough.