Wow, still peddling the F-A/XX? Man you deserve recognition for your efforts, clearly beyond those of USN (they don't even bother publishing much about the program since a while)
Care detailing how the survivability in "access denial" zones (against IADs to avoid unnecessary & misleading US terms) is achieved in F-A/XX?? I mean, apart from vague references to fancy energy weapons, lasers, smart skins and high-tech engines... what? When? How many? How expensive? Where are the demonstrators to all those features? Where are even the requirements? Is it official that it is not going to be stealth and US is giving up on VLO technology??? This is news to me...
1) I love to hear the laser/EW weapons are to you SCi-Fi, perhaps it is good to read sometimes military news? I can see the same denial as before with VSTOL
Survability is first of all using weapons to shoot down missiles, dazzle their sensors or cook electronics. if there be any special armor dunno.
MOSCOW, March 6. / TASS /. The newest MiG-35 fighter is able to use all types of aircraft ammunition that the Russian Space Forces (RFC) have, including laser weapons. This was broadcast on the air of the radio station Ekho Moskvy by General Director of the Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG Ilya Tarasenko.
"Laser weapons involve the use of a certain laser technology.Our aircraft use the entire range of modern weapons, which is now available from the Ministry of Defense, including using those issues related to laser weapons," he said.
Earlier, the chief of the Air and Space Forces of Russia, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, announced the possibility of using laser weapons on the MiG-35 aircraft.
Coming in 2021: A laser weapon for fighter jetsWASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin will create a high-powered laser for the U.S. Air Force that will be demonstrated on a fighter jet in 2021.
If successful, the technology could be a game-changer. The Air Force has long desired an airborne laser so that it can take out surface-to-air and air-to-air missile threats more cheaply than current intercept methods.
U.S. AIR FORCE JET-MOUNTED LASER WEAPONS SET FOR SUMMER TESTShttps://www.newsweek.com/air-force-jet-mounted-laser-weapons-set-summer-tests-852889
2) when what?
well do you know when Russian CVNs will be build? how many VSTOL fighters? will they carry maser or lasers? BTW why do you peddling Su-57k , did anybody ever mentioned about this version? AFAIK was only once on plastic model of Shtorm. Which is not going to be build BTW
And more importantly: if Su-57 is not capable of matching it, being the by far most capable naval fighter potentially to be deployed in short or medium term, your couple squadrons STOVL aboard a small LHD are?? Or what is the approach you propose??
You dont need something made of gold and the best. You need a good work horse thet you can afford. PzKpfw V was a bit better then T-34-85/M4 Sherman but was build 1:6.
My educated guess is that VSTOL will be in many respects 6gn fighter (supermaneuverability, short start/vertical, efficient engine, microwave/ laser weapons, advanced avionics (drone mode?) . This is not going to replace Su-57 but complete is as MiG-29/Su-27 then Su-30 will be gradually withdrawn. VSTOL is perhaps mainly die to better usage of small medium displacement ships. There is no need fo rany deck fighter before 2030s anyway.
This is game of money. You cannot spend beyond your means. That's why I dont believe big CVNs will ever fit into Russian military doctrine. At Most I'd say 60-70k but then their number will be then very limited. And one effectively available. In north.
I dotn propose. I just say cost/battle efficiency ratio using smaller carrier and light fighters is much higher. Russia will and cannot spend in US fashion as you want to see it. Navy programmes are cut and postponed. Navy wanted to build many Liders but ended up with couple of Groskhov M's. Instead of many 11356 they build 22800. Tehy wanted 100k+ then 70k is OK, now Krylov showed 40k . That's how financial restrictions helps to overcome megalomania.
Then now suddenly they will spill a barrel of fluid gold and start building large CVNs? Somehow I dont see it.
Mind VSTOL is approved officially unlike Su-57k. It dosent even exist in far far away plans.