Again, I do not understand why they concentrate so much on the characteristics of the Zhuk-A/AM radar.
It is highly possible that a new radar or an even better version will be developed by NIIR Phazotron.
A western propaganda strategy... the MiG-35 is rubbish because it has a poor radar... the fact that it wont be engaging targets 400km away or the fact that if it did then other platforms can provide the needed target information and it can carry the same missile... but more importantly the MiG-35 can fly higher and faster if not further than the Checkmate makes it moot. Against an enemy Inflight refuelling tanker supporting enemy air operations in a region or an AWACS or AEW platform managing the fight for the enemy side either could easily be engaged at max range because they can't dodge missiles and are easy to detect... in the case of the latter by their radar emissions.
Worst case scenario MiG could buy the radar going in to the Su-75 to improve commonality... radar companies are radar companies and although they do cooperate with aircraft companies, they are not joined at the hip.
We are hearing about the Suhoi light fifth gen fighter but we hear nothing about the MiG one.
Does the Russian AF expect their light cheap fighter to be doing the work of the MiG-31 and shooting down enemy aircraft at 400km, then why are they wasting time and money on the MiG-41?
Possibly the two firms could also cooperate to improve the MiG radar.
Both firms had two radar sets... one for 4++ aircraft and one for 5th gen aircraft... MiG-35 is MiGs 4++ gen aircraft and this magazine is comparing Sukhois 5th gen light fighter with MiGs 4++ gen fighter, which is not very sensible or fair.
We don't know the performance of the MiG 5th gen fighter radar and it wont get funding if they don't make any MiG-35s.
I rather suspect with their air power focus and total lack of decent ground based air defences that western countries wont be that much better equipped to defend themselves than a third world country... especially a few weeks into the conflict, and while having stealthy aircraft will be an advantage and therefore a sensible measure for Russia, I think having non stealthy aircraft also makes sense as well for domestic use and for export to countries that don't need stealthy fighters.
If Russia operated like western countries then going for an all Su-57/S-70 and Su-75 fleet makes sense with the former being the F-22 and the latter being what the F-35 was supposed to be... maybe 300 Su-57s, another 500 S-70s, and maybe 800 Su-75s because they are cheap to buy and to operate and wont break the bank.... obviously not all at once... but over the next 20 years or so gradually replacing older types.
But they don't so spending that much on new planes like that does not really make sense... how long is stealth going to be effective?
And when it is not then 4++ gen aircraft which can carry more and bulkier external weapon loads and are much cheaper to buy and operate start to make sense again.
Still, I doubt that the Su-75 is doomed. It has a lot of export potential and maybe later it can be also bought by the Russian air force.
Even if the MiG option 5th gen fighter is better, it wont be for sale and in the export market the Su-75 is a MiG-21 of its time that is better than the F-16 of this time (F-35) for a fraction of the purchase price and a tiny fraction of the operating costs.
Improved international relations with the rest of the world will likely see the Checkmate the dominant fighter in Africa and Asia and Central and South America.... and HATO will be scared because they wont be able to afford to fix the F-35 to get it working right let alone operate it in useful numbers to make a difference.
The more F-35s HATO operates the closer they are to failure as more money shifts from western banks into American MIC companies on to the richest 1% bank accounts in the US... and they wont share... I bet you in 15 years time half of them might run to Russia because collapsing western economies are demanding they pay a fair share of tax in their income from their enormous wealth and Russias 15% flat tax is appealing to them... hahahaha... how funny would that be?
Perhaps a Russian director should make a movie about it... black comedy.
Dunno how the author comes to the conclusion that the Su-75 is likely a dead project
It must be a dead project because it is Russian and it is not funded or supported by the Russian Military... a private project... based on a solid design and model I would wager, but not flying yet either.
Maybe they believe that Russia cannot afford to buy both models.
A fair assumption considering Putin is on the way out and the economy is in tatters... all that is left is to release Navalny and make him Tsar and then he can beg the west for forgiveness and offer full ownership of energy resources in Russia as an apology...
I believe instead that it will be useful to have light and and heavy fighters, and each of the two categories will be covered by a stealth (Su-57 and F-75) and non stealth aircrafts (Su-35 and Mig-35).
I agree, but information about the Su-75 is premature for a project for the Russian AF which makes me think MiG is working on something even cheaper for the job that wont be for export any time soon, and if Su-75 is as good as they say then it would make sense to export it because for richer countries like India they can do a twofor... where they sell Su-57s and the related Su-75s with shared components and equipment as a bundle where the Su-57s are the top of the line fight everything and anything, while the Su-75 is the medium companion that is the numbers platform to replace everything else... they might want to include the S-70 in there as well or keep that for themselves too.
Especially if the Su-75 will find an export customer. Since most costs associated with the start of manufacturing will be covered by the export contracts.
There will be export customers who want ready made aircraft and there will be export customers that want to build them for themselves and the costs will reflect that but the first ten countries that sign up for orders will justify production in Russia which will allow those factories to make at least the first dozen aircraft in every order which will be enough to pay for the production facilities in Russia and then any extra factories will be to meet high demand and therefore be paid for by the high demand, or they will be in the countries of the customers in which case that will be part of the package cost.
Good points about the carrier version of the MiG-35, but equally MiG are working on a twin jet carrier based light aircraft which could also be adapted to ground based if the Russian AF wants a twin engined option.... both will be designed for low operational costs ( Twin and single engined models) so they have covered both bases this time around...
Personally I prefer twin engined designs as it gives more internal volume and space for growth and development and with thrust vectoring engines should allow astounding manouver performance and also body lift to overcome the extra drag the larger frontal area creates.
They say you don't need two engines because new engines are more reliable... well I would counter that new more reliable engines probably need rather less maintenance so having two is probably not actually that much of a burden anyway, but the safety aspects remain.
Commonality is a good thing, but diversity is good too... if you only buy Sukhoi planes then only Sukhoi gets the money and only Sukhoi gets the experience of designing and building and making planes and soon only Sukhoi can make planes and those resources for Yak and MiG and others are left bone idle while Sukhoi factories are getting burned out and not keeping up with demand.
A short while back they said Sukhoi and MiG merged anyway.... so if MiG had designs and Sukhoi had designs you would not want to bin any of them because they wont be the same and will have different strengths and weaknesses so you couldn't just say this was best or this is good and this is not, because for different customers with different needs and wants different options are a good thing.