The engine itself can be much cheaper and more reliable if it is produced in bigger numbers and covers more units of the VKS
Yeah, like the engine for the F-35 will be cheap if they cancel the other engine so everyone has to use the same engine so you save money because one engine gets all the sales... except that didn't work.
A bit of competition gives your customers some choice... with an aircraft like the F-35 you can have different engines that might improve different aspects of flight performance... one customer might want the aircraft as a pure fighter in which case an engine that allows higher supercruise speed might be preferred, whereas another customer might prefer the engine that gives the greatest range in high subsonic low altitude penetration flights for more strike roles...
Sukhoi has already explained the reason for the single engine plane and why it is cheaper than twin engine (it should be obvious regardless), no need for me to insist on their arguments.
Yeah, and if they made a three engined plane they would explain that that was the best design solution too... at the end of the day it comes down to what the customers want... and what their alternatives might be.
It was done by UEC which means 1 trillion times more in the know than you or me...
They would know more than us, but certainly not a trillion times.... I would say the person in purchasing for the military customer would know better than the guy in marketing for the producer...
Maybe, but they were covering basically the whole range of applications in UEC's future portfolio.
And any producer would love for all their customers to want their best product and nothing else... it very much simplifies things... but having one tool to solve all your problems is a bit like the opposite of the old saying... when the only tool you have is a hammer treat every problem like it is a nail.
Those plans passed the drain long time ago. We have fresh statements from Slyusar (it should serve as food for thought that he stresses the fact that the LTS has the kind of performance it has re. payload and range in order to attend the VKs' needs) and we all know VKS will buy the Su-75. But ok.
It hasn't even flown yet, let alone passed any tests or been compared with any competing project... it would be criminal for him to state it was the plane they want and he should be removed from his position if he did so... otherwise it makes a mockery of procedure and rules.
They need money to actually bring those ideas to metal and that is where investors may not want to take the risk.
Promising something they know they can't deliver is no help to their situation... no risk or low risk usually means no or low reward.