Here is the other aspect to this - they may be trying to fool the west. Ever thought of that? There is a word for that in Russian, something that has been mentioned here multiple of times.
Anyway, Austin was the one who pointed it out on the other forums. Was it a media blunder? Maybe Su-57 will not be inducted in its current form? Maybe it will be upgraded and then built in numbers. There is that.
We don't really know. All we know is this:
- It was stated they are not going to mass produce the jet just yet and that they will procure small amounts at first. Which is the smart thing to do.
- Su-35 has shown to have worked very well and that they will continue to also procure them.
- Plane isn't ready yet. 12 is for induction and testing purposes.
Alright, I am very behind on the news but this is what I got.
Can someone link me to the Russian article of where this is stated that is being spread around the net? I just followed what Austin posted on keypub and that is what I got:
Anyway, I look at it this way - if they can apply radar systems like Photonic radar to Su-35. It will be able to spot and identify the aircraft from hunderds of km's. There are also plenty of systems to help counter stealth.
Its a useless debate.
I mean, I am all for Su-57. I think it should be standard and replace all the current flanker fleet. But I would just wait till they have everything down pat. And at that point, Su-57 may be a different aircraft.
They are working on both Photonics and GaN both by Rostec. I figure they may have been informed and shown examples and were impressed and state that they will wait. A lot of jets need to be replaced for sure. Su-35 is a solid piece of hardware. But guess how long it took for it to be added to the inventory?
Edit: I seem to have recollection that they said they would never purchase Su-35 when it was first showcased. I seem to recall that articles were flying around that there would be no Su-35 as it showed little improvement over upgraded Su-27's (which is obviously wrong) and that it just was not ideal for Russia. Now here we are.
Media doesn't play a roll, neither does twitter, you or I or anyone else make a decision for Russia's armed forces. Or for other nations for that matter.
You know what does? People who test the units, and the politicians who work with the military.
I don't think Borisov, or the rest are trying to screw Russia over military like. Since the military has a lot of authority and they more or less know what they want.