It may be combined, like in the PAK-FA. The IRST at the nose is for air combat, for strike you need down-looking EOTS
Like the MiG-35 with top of nose IRST (for air to air targets), but also downward looking IRST on the engine position for ground targets and looking backwards...
I love speculations but it's best to wait till July 20.
I live in New Zealand... I have to wait till the 21st...
Their lack of self sufficiency when it comes to military innovation drives them to be so bitter towards Russia, while they quietly queue up [most likely] as the 2nd and 3rd customers of the Su-57 after Algeria.
And it is sad because it is so unnecessary... making good stuff is hard... or everyone would already be doing it... what is good for Russia might not be good for any other country and vice versa... to tell if a Chinese product is good or not you need to know what it is for and it needs to be used against an opponent that tries to defeat it before we can tell for sure if it is any good.
The Russians made lots of changes to most of the gear they took to Syria for testing... but it is how you achieve good gear.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, commenting on the incident with the British destroyer Defender off the coast of Crimea, said that if colleagues do not understand what Russia's borders are, then “we can bomb”. Meanwhile, the British ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office for a tough demarche.
The really odd thing is that the Royal Navy thinks the waters are Ukrainian, but the Royal Air force does not seem interested in taking shortcuts across Ukrainian airspace in the Crimea...
Meanwhile, earlier the British authorities made a statement that the destroyer of the Royal Navy allegedly did not enter Russian territorial waters and was not fired upon .
Something video footage of the incident and reports by civilian reporters on the British Navy ship contradicted...
So just to be sure the journo is a little retarded for stating optical radar, when it looks like the F-35 EOTs? Use of words matter.
By optical radar they mean IRST/ EO targeting pod for ground targets.... ie Thermal imager and IRST and likely magnified optics and laser range finder/target marker/marked target seeker etc etc...
Reminds me of MiG SKAT UAV, anyone remember that situation and how it turned out?
Yes... exactly... the MiG-SKAT clearly lost the competition to the S-70 and so it was revealed first to try to get export sales and financial support to develop it... and it failed, while it is the S-70 that is going into serial production in a few years time.
MiG can't even supply MiG-35 even after 30 years, expecting them to supply it's replacement is realm of fantasy
The MiG-35 they are supplying is current state of the art and is only ready for production now... look at the Typhoon and Rafale and F-35 and Gripen... none of them entered service fully operational and fully capable ready to go out of the box... the early model Typhoons are being retired now because it would cost more to upgrade them to the current useful standard than to build a new plane.
I think most (including myself) expected something smaller, more along the size of the F-35 probably just subconsciously.
If they wanted cheaper then smaller makes sense, but then as I said... a small cheap 5th gen fighter is not attainable... a larger aircraft has more capabilities and potential for development and growth... it makes more sense to take a medium plane and make it simpler and cheaper, than a small plane like a LIFT and make it bigger and more capable as a light fighter.
Oh we don't have to have an insufferable discussion about them, I just thought of it since the last one they came up with was just terribly insulting, and so it makes one wonder about this one.
They called it Felon because it stole their thunder... like the Su-27 vs the F-15 they had a benchmark to beat and they beat it...
Can we conclude it's called the Checkmate by Rostec & Sukhoi, or does Checkmate refer to something else?
A declaration of victory... the F-35 has folded and the F-15 is being put back into production to try to fix their problems... then Russia says checkmate...
HATO would not use Checkmate as a name because it breaks their naming convention rules...
That 30 sec trailer is better made than most contemporary Russian movies
When they have sold a few planes out of this maybe a Russian Top gun could be produced with lots of eye candy...
That pic makes you think a little bit, because of the ventral intake which appears wide open, where is that forward landing gear going to tuck into when it's retracted? You can't see much inside right now, but I would suspect that the bottom of the inside of the intake slopes up drastically right after the opening edge in order to create an enclosed space for the retracting gear and wheels and mechanism to all fold and tuck into.
S shaped intake?
For the landing gear wheel retraction but also belly and side mounted weapon bays....
When I see the intakes come up past the wing level on some speculation about the intake designs I think of this:
Which is supposed to be the MiG-41... but obviously it does not have enough intake area for a high speed aircraft flying at high altitude.
It is like a 5th gen MiG-21 really.
The extreme forward intake would suit VSTOL and the engine at the back moved into the fuselage closer to the cg would further support that, but talk of commonality with the S-70 is hilarious after chats with LMFS about how the S-70 is a flying wing brick that could not be used for an unmanned fighter... a light 5th gen fighter would need to be able to manouver hard because that is its reason for being, though after the enemy airpower has been dealt with then it would become a bomb truck with external weapons of course.
The twin wheel nose wheel suggest that despite being a light aircraft it should be able to carry a heavy payload or a lot of fuel when needed (heavy for its size obviously).
Heavy undercarriage would also be useful for operations from short air strips or carrier aircraft decks.
I did enjoy the trolling of the British... nice work... as a "light" fighter it would need to have a full swing role capability like the MiG-35 with its air to air optronics and its air to ground optronics built in for air and ground targets to be engaged if needed.