External carriage actually increases fuel consumption and reduces performance, don't know why it would reduce operational costs. The issue of payload options was also discussed and the Su-57 matches the Flanker.
Not enough to matter much at subsonic speeds.
Why does the F-35 cost the British 90K pounds an hour to operate?
It might reduce top speed and acceleration a little but having 14 external weapon hard points for missiles is a serious advantage the Su-35 has over the Su-57, which makes the Su-35 useful even with Su-57s around.
The Su-57 matches the Flanker only when it gives up its stealth advantage by carrying external stores.
You talk about the LMFS as if it exists and you have seen it...
Are you going to deny the existence of the model shown?
Are you going to assume those three models shown were 3D printed hours before the airshow started from some hard drive of one of the ideas they had?
I suggest looking at the facts instead of sticking to talking points. What other Russian fighters of any generation are being currently marketed for export for $30 m like the Checkmate?
Yes, lets look at the facts... The LMFS was put on hold until the PAK FA was in serial production, so unless something has completely changed MiG will now be receiving funding to produce MiG-35s and also to develop the LMFS, a model of which we have actually seen.
Most critical fact is that the Checkmate is a project being funded by a foreign country with no input from the Russian military, and by their own admission no interest from the Russian military yet.
30 million is probably what their MiG-29M2s cost to buy... if they wanted super cheap they would be buying those, but they are instead funding and buying MiG-35s.
I really don't get what is this with "4G will not be replaced with 5G", that makes no sense.
It appears the F-35 is already being replaced in the west... and the F-22 is over too... they are talking about 2030 to withdraw the F-22 from service.
When all the stealth fighters in the west are paper projects and upgrade F-15s and F-16s does Russia even need 6th gen fighters... 4th gen are cheaper and get the job done.
LTS is thought from the very beginning as unmanned, so is it 6G?
They never bothered to get the oxygen generating systems working in their F-22 and F-35s so they perhaps were thinking unmanned too?
300 in 5 years?? By now it would seem rather 5 in 300 years, they have just talked about the Swifts, as expected, and the most likely outcome is to have a token buy to encourage export customers.
There are clearly only a few bits holding them back from full production... once they are sorted they should be able to build them in numbers.... what part of numbers aircraft are you not getting?
But with the LTS progressing at the speed it is doing, not even that is for sure.
Progressing for the country that is paying for it, which is no business of the Russian Air Force...
When we said it was taking too much time for finishing the MiG-35 we were not talking out of thin air, they have given time to Sukhoi to undercut them with a product which is much more modern and claims to be more economical.
Claims, and there is no LTS product ready yet either.
I am at a loss to figure out why would anyone buy the MiG-35 with the LTS being around the corner, unless in extreme need or being a MiG-29 user with not so high expectations already.
Who said the Russian Air Force wants an all 5th gen fleet of aircraft?
Plans don't fall from the sky... it takes years of planning and preparation... they are not just going to change their existing plans because Sukhoi has ripped one of the engines out of an Su-57 and redesigned it as a lighter aircraft and a country has decided to pay for it.
UAC themselves explained that most of the costs of operating a plane derive from the engine, and with single engines you halve a good portion of them.
Well they are trying to sell a single engined light fighter... what else are they going to say?
How does worse performance and worse economics make the MiG-35 a preferable option to LTS, when they are not even done with state tests yet?
This aircraft has not even flown and you are making bold claims for it.... I remember claims that the F-35 was going to make all other fighters redundant and easy meat because they wont detect it and it will be better than all other fighters... and everyone will buy them so they will be cheap and the new servicing system will be a miracle and make it even cheaper. Replacing all similar aircraft will mean it is even more affordable and cheaper to operate... some sort of super plane.
Get rid of your F-16s and F-18s and Harriers and all your other planes because you wont need them...
The MiG-35 makes sense because it is in production NOW, which is preferable to the promise of something that might be flying in 5 years time... 5th gen fighters are complex... it was about 10 years between the Su-57 first taxi on a runway and serial production, and the LTS will be optimised for all sorts of different missions and flight conditions that is going to need proper testing too... The paying customer might delay it a couple of times because they want better stealth or some other such feature... like canards for better flight performance.