in fact you dont need Su-57 at all! neither 6gen fighter Russia is workin on.
Of course you do... it is always good to have aircraft superior to any potential enemy... which is what the MiG-35, and Su-35, and MiG-31 are... Su-57s just take it up another level....
No su-33is dead branch only waiting to be decommissioned.
Su-33 is a perfectly good airframe that just needs a new radar and new missiles to be very very dangerous.
Good comparison to Su-33
Most of the stuff in the Su-57 will eventually be shoe horned into the Su-35... so fitting it into the Su-33 should not be a problem.
New missiles and new fighters it wont stop just like that. Missiles good for F-22 perhaps wont be good against F/AXX.
The planes they launch them from are just missile trucks... the difference will be the hundred million dollar plus US missile trucks and the 20 million dollar Russian ones...
when your wife says in the morning: honey it was adequate, Im not sure if this is reason to celebrate
Reminds me of a joke... a prostitute is in bed and the huge biker customer is taking off his pants and out pops a tiny little one inch penis. She looks at him and asks... who is that supposed to satisfy... to which he replies... Me.
why use 4 gen dead "adequate" fighter (in 2030 also lifecycle of air-frames/engines are et the end) if you get 6th one, better in every scenario?
Because the 4th gen fighter is already paid for, so it is free, and the new avionics you are adding to it to keep it competitive are going into all new fighters too, so it keeps consistency, good for mass production, good for training, and good for keeping costs down... having plenty of Su-33s with up to date electronics is better than only being able to afford 12 new light 5th gen fighters because they are so expensive and aerodynamically unproven.
The Su-57s can go on the new carriers, and any 6th gen UCAVs can be deployed on both carrier types...
so actually they need 3 to have almost 2 operational at the same time. Before 3 is launched Kuz will be dead.
They need three carriers in total, so with the K they need two CVNs to achieve that... eventually the K can be retired and replaced with a third CVN.
You dont need something made of gold and the best. You need a good work horse thet you can afford.
They are not going to have thousands of carrier based fighters so there is no point in developing a whole new aircraft especially for the job, but of the land based aircraft to pick from it makes no sense to pick an old aircraft like a MiG-23... pick the newest and most capable and keep using what you have got until that is ready to replace it.