We can count India out of the Su57 program and any further arms purchases from Russia. Recently India changed their mind on the Su30SM2/ Super Sukhoi upgrade program they expressed interest in. India is like China. They are only gonna buy from you to find out how it's made and then do it locally and never buy from you again.
I disagree, they want to make their own stuff and the US will not let them do that for the most part and they will find they can only use US weapons for things the US agrees with and approves of, which means they are not really weapons at all.
India is part of BRICS and will remain an important partner for Russia, the US is very unhappy that India is buying S-400s and other things too from Russia.
Besides, India is also in bed with the Western side
Russia is not America or Europe and does not demand its customers only buy from Russia.
And she will be cancelling stuff a lot since the US is wooing India with F/A18s and other US arms purchases.
India buying F-18s would be the best thing for Russia because it would wake India up to how the real world works and what a great deal they had with Russia.
If I were Russia, Algeria, Vietnam and Venezuela would be my main priority.
Every country that is not the US or the west should be their main priority.
Russias customer base is depleting fast.
I disagree, its customer base is doing just fine...
and they aren't rich nations either.
Rich nations are the worst customers... they demand discounts and special privileges or they will go somewhere else, and your profit margin suffers because of that.
In Russia's place, I would have imposed a restriction on the export of Su-57 aircraft on the same principle as the Americans did with the F-15.
The Su-57 export customers get will not be the same as the Su-57 that the Russian AF gets and the profits the companies get can be invested into upgrading new tooling and systems and equipment to make the plane even better.
Where would the Russians be now if China turned its back on them ? They would have to launch nuclear weapons right away..If China turned its back on Russia, other countries would also turn their backs.
China still has lots to learn, their subs are sub standard (sorry for the pun), and their air defence systems are not integrated into a unified air defence network, even their strategic nuclear forces don't have early radar warning over their country to warn of impending nuclear attack...
They show lots of flash hardware at shows and on exercise but how much is actually in service and what real combat experience do they have?
They have a billion people who can develop and create, and that mean in a year they could have literally millions of different drone types for testing and evaluation but how many would be any good?
What is good for the consumer market is useless for war because it is easily jammed or more powerful control signals could take over flight so the enemies suicide drones attack their own positions...
You underestimate China and overestimate Russia.
This conflict has shown how much the west has underestimated Russia... when China actually gets involved in a real conflict (which to be fair is against their nature... much as it was a last resort for Putin too... it is western countries that prefer war to dialog) then we will see how they perform.
All NATOphiles and Russophiles behave as if the Berlin Wall is still standing and there is no one but the West and Russia...
Those times are over...
China has enormous potential... but Germany and Japan got massive investment and didn't become military powerhouses either...
Saudi Arabia bought all the nicest shiniest gear they could afford with their deep deep pockets and they were not a great military power either... industrialisation and money and a huge population base are not enough on their own otherwise India would be feared as well.
The Chinese have discipline, a term that equates to science fiction in Russia and in the West.
They respect others and can be trusted, which is rather more than you can say for the west.
And the fact that you fart about the Chinese also applies to the Russians, for example the first crash of the only flight prototype Il-112, as well as the crash of the first production Su-57.
Perhaps you misunderstand the term TEST.
China is now in a position to buy technology from all over the world so the risk of crashes is dramatically reduced because the testing has already been largely done and any crashes will be kept hidden from the public anyway.
The idea that China only has manpower is becoming increasingly less true as their economy progresses.
Good luck assembling machines with high precision and zero defects using manual assembly.
But if that graph means anything it is that South Korea is the worlds superpower in terms of precision high tech production... have not heard anyone claiming that before.
Then explain to me who had better technical characteristics, tank T-34 or Pzkw VI Tiger ?
You want to compare a start of the war medium tank made in enormous numbers with a half way through the war heavy tank they made less than 7 thousand of?
The Tiger was an engineered to last a lifetime and they didn't, the T-34 was designed for the war it fought and you could tell by the numbers made of each.
This clearly demonstrates they think their own engine is good enough at this point.
Even if it was 10% inferior to the Russian engine it would still be worth making from their perspective because it will be money spent on their own products instead of imported products, and they will be importing food and energy from Russia anyway.