Russia did not completely gain air superiority over Ukraine. He uses air force only in the vicinity of the front, etc. He does not go deep into Ukraine, because Ukrainian air defense systems are still dangerous.
You need to understand the terms being used. Air Superiority does not mean Air Dominance or Air Supremacy, it means you can remove the enemy air power as a threat to your ground forces most of the time and even when you can't the threat to your ground forces is minor.
Air Dominance is like HATO in Afghanistan where the enemy didn't have any air power, but of course aircraft could still be shot down and the enemy air defence could never be eliminated because it included MANPADS and small arms fire that can never really be eliminated.
Of course the Ukraine is different because not major power was pumping modern air defence systems into the rebels hands in Afghanistan so HATO very much had it easy... if they tried that again I would suspect the Taliban might get some excess stingers and Javelins to play with at the very least.
It is impossible to predict where and when Russia will meet an advanced enemy. It is enough for the current conflict to escalate into a war with NATO and you have an hi tech advanced enemy.
The current reticence to put boots on the ground from the US and most HATO countries suggests it will be avoided as far as possible for as long as possible because they know their losses will be rather more significant than in any previous game war HATO has been playing.
The fact is that VKS does not fly over Ukraine beyond the front line.
Why do you think it needs to?
Targets all over Ukraine are still being hit by missiles and drones, or does the destruction of targets deep in Orc territory only count if you risk planes to do it?
A strike with air-to-surface missiles and VKS-borne glide bombs would be a much cheaper option than the expensive Calibers and Ch 101s.
No it would not... mounting such a strike would need the coordination of a dozen aircraft including fighter top cover and AWACS and other platforms and the risk to the aircraft means the loss of even just one will cost rather more than hundreds of cruise missiles would cost to use instead.
It is expected that the test program will be completed in a few years, and from 2023 serial deliveries of aircraft with new engines will begin.
There is a serious difference between the word expected and the word guaranteed.
What is missing is the phrase... we would like, which of course will be effected by things like development problems or testing problems, or perhaps getting into a war with the Ukraine that leads to essentially Russia fighting a HATO supported Ukraine.
That can sometimes lead to changes in plans, which is perfectly normal.
Refusing to change plans or changing plans at desperate times lead to planes being landed in heavy fog or landers hitting the moon instead of touching down softly.
On the other hand, I think the fact that the Dragon came out of nowhere and suddenly China is pumping out J-20s like it's nobody's business has added to the false notion that Sukhoi is way behind the competition.
Except the Dragon is no threat to the Bear... it is the pissy shitty hormone filled Bald Eagle that pisses everyone off and picks fights when and where it can.
When the F-22 gets new generation more powerful engines then feel free to complain, but even then you will be ignored.
The US has made two 5th gen fighters... and both are over priced and seem to not be very good because they seem to want to restart previous gen fighters to make up numbers.
Europe has made zero 5th gen fighters and seems to be happy to buy from the US... programmes to make their own new fighter are likely to fail as they have in the past.
Only China seems to have 5th gen fighters in production, and good on them... that twin engine variant of the F-35 actually looks rather better and more sensible than the original so well done.
Russia is working on serial production of a heavy 5th gen fighter with presumably a light 5th gen fighter on the way too, and their heavy fighter seems more affordable than the western light cheap numbers 5th gen fighter by a wide margin, so what sort of impact will it and their light fighter have on the world market...
But fretting that it does not have the new more powerful engines to start with is being childish... they will use them when they are ready... these same whiney bitches complaining they are not using them right now would be the first to complain if they started crashing because they were not fully tested.
There's also the assembly of nations that are looking to enter the 'stealth members only club' and are not aligned with the West are patiently waiting for the Su-57, adding to the frustration that maybe it's taking too long. That's just my take.
Well lets be real... the American options are too expensive and wont be available to BRICS countries I suspect, and European designs are paper designs and even if they make it to production are a decade away at least, and Chinese aircraft... well why not try them.
I am pretty sure Russia is confident enough in their ability to make good solid weapon systems that they wont worry if countries look to China to buy some aircraft or countries wanting to buy some Su-35s first for example, and the Checkmate programme is open to export partners... Russia gives rather more input into weapon design than the US does... the US didn't even let the UK integrate its own weapons into the F-35... they claimed it was to keep the aircraft secret, but I suspect it was to stop them working out how not amazing it really is.
Yes, that was date given in the second half of 2022. This article is from October 2021. When the war first started, they moved date to 2024.
I just wonder what is the reason? Is it import substitution or something else.
They were supposed to get 76 planes by 2027 and maybe new engine will be delivered only after this first order is fully executed.
Ahhh, the F-14 didn't become a decent aircraft till it got new engines in about 1990 with the F-14D model... it was otherwise not that great a fighter... the increased engine thrust and new upgraded missiles made it a much better aircraft, but the Su-57 is already a good aircraft with good engines... it is just that the new engines are better.
The old F-14 engines are the same as for the F-111 and are not great for dogfighting at all and of course underpowered.
The F-14A needs full AB to get airborne from a cat launch, the F-14D had the same level of thrust with its new engines without afterburner making takeoffs much safer.
These new engines for the Su-57 will be very important for a carrier based aircraft model, but for the fighter it just means slightly better performance and a slight increase in supercruise performance.