96 aircraft is a pathetic number. Russia has a huge aging fleet of aircrafts and there is constant threat from US now at her borders, and cannot find money + pilots for it?
Americans strategists are all, but not stupids.
At first, as we've already said, a war between Russia, and US is simply impossible.
Russia now has several hundreds of heavy, and light ICBM like SS-24, SS-25, SS-27 all with at least 10 MARV nuclear warheads -between 100 kt, to several Megatons-, as long as SLBM, Bombers, etc.... If a war is triggered US, and Russia won't exist. Noone in the world is too much stupid to die in a useless way.
In order to understand what US threats are, we will have to study, analyse in objectives ways all previous conflicts where US were implied. Far from propaganda, and lies, we can notice that the US superiority was rarely du to technological advances, but in most of the case, by outnumbering their ennemis. US strategists are far to be idiots, they know very well that their F-22 -their ultimate fighter- might have dificulties even against a Mig 21-2000. No use to tell more about Mig-29, SU-27 families.
In order to understand what are the goals of the threats, and what can do Russia, we will have to see the problem as geopolitical.
If the F-22 is not able to attack Russia, he could be efficient against poor air defenses, poor air fighers, poor air trained pilots, weak, isolated countries. Who are the targets ? Third world countries. Why ? Because US consider that their wealths belong to US at first. If in your country there are copper, zinc, gold, oil, gas, etc...all these richnesses owned to US. If you want to extract them, you will have to ask US companies, else, western companies. In order to do that, you need dollars
, if you don't use $, you meet problems, before ultimate agression.
In Syria for example they discovered huge reserves of gas, Assad, delivered immedialtly the licences for exploitations to russian companies. All transactions were in roubles
and not in dollar. You understand why there is the civil war there. If the US take Syria, they will controll the world gas's price, Russia will be in danger. For that Russia is commited with Assad whatever there are. US gave up raids against Syria not because syrian air defenses -even S-300 won't deter US raids- but because Russia will be commited, and ...the Su-35, and Mig-35 will deter US air raids.
A couple of years ago, Iran signed with China 100 billions $ contract for gas export. All this contract was not in dollar, but in Remimbi, for that reason US were infuriate. If you want to blow US empire, sell SU-35, or Mig-35 to Iran. Once these aircrafts between Iran's hands, an attack against Iran will be very costly for US, if not impossible. In fact US are very, very anxious about the proliferation of modern Sukhoi, and Migs because they hamper the developpement of US imperialism. And sometimes as North Korea, US are completly detered to attack, becaue North Korea has nuclear weapon to deter everyone to attack the country.
The great difference between Russia, China, and US, America want all by imperialist behaviour, if not by terror.
The number of T-50's proposed, 250, is a pathetic number too, when Soviet Union was able to produce 500 MiG-31's and far more MiG-29's, Su-27's and fielding previous gen aircrafts at same time. Russia put all the others in reserve, graveyard, while operating a pathetic fleet of MiG-29's, Su-27's and Su-24's with a few modern jets here and there. So Russia is in no position to even defend itself conventionally.
Russia with its actual fleet it is largely enough to deter any attack, by any agressors. You could not waste, as said TR1, and Garry, all your precious ressources to build figher-bombers, and recruiting soldiers. Russia has many challenge, at first to continue to develop siberia, by implementing more High-speed railway lines, research centers, modernizing its servers, microprocessors, super-calculators, agriculture, new russian operating systems, phone industry etc...US by pursuing their imperialist behaviour are in the roads of abysm
The only current MiG-29SMT orders are the 16 airframes ordered until the MiG-35 is ready.
Add that to the 34 Algerian birds, and that is where I got 50 from.
It is very good news, if Russia could sell for example 100 SU-35 to Iran, and 100 SU-35, 100 Mig-35 to Algeria, with 100 SU-35 to Venezuela, it could completly change US perceptions. This kind of news will infuriate US, because it will become more and more difficult to agress, or terror a country.
Yeah, I agree that China is a major issue for the US. However, I don't think they'll get Su-35s. We've been hearing that for something like 10 years now. It's just not going to happen. Su-35 is an excellent aircraft, no doubt about that, but the Chinese just don't need it anymore. And if they are going to get them, the numbers are going to be low.
They've already ordered 24 SU-35, and has options for others, not only buying, but China could produce its own SU-35, with their new thrust vector engine WS-10G, waiting for their WS-15. US won't be able to attack China.
China is going to have around 1000 4th and 5th gen fighters by 2020 (or 2021) and that is going to increase close to 1500 by 2025. They already have around 700. And that doesn't even include 200+ JH-7s. Also the European context is important: France and UK each have only something like 200+ fighters. And we must not forget the Russian IADS.
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