Monday, April 04, 2005

Of Sukhois and F-16's

There has been a lot of hullabaloo about the Americans selling ( rather) delivering F-16's to Pakistan and offering F-18's to India. This piece is not about that, but about a rather interesting comparison of the Sukhoi 30MKI with the F-16's and F-18's here.

The piece notes that the comparison of both these is theoretical, because the former is a heavy class fighter and the latter is a strike aircraft. It goes on to say

"...In terms of maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the Su-30MKI, like all Su-27-family aircraft, is unparalleled in the world and outperforms the above foreign counterparts by at least 50 to 100 percent..."

"...Notably, in terms of quantity and types of weapons, the Russian fighter considerably outclasses the F-16C Block 50 and F-16C Block 60 aircraft. Only the F-18E/F is close to the Su-30MKI in this respect..."

For more, read the piece there...


Anonymous said...

The Sukhois may have a lager weapons load then the F-16… but is far from as lethal. The Russian’s at their peak were still several years away from being on an equal level as that of American technological superiority. Presently the Russian’s or any other potential foe for that matter is at least 20-years behind the US (and allies) technological cure.

With weapon systems of the F-16 like Raytheon’s AIM-9X, AMRAAM, MAVERICK, JSOW, ENHANCED PAVEWAY II, and the HARM superiority should not even be questioned. The AMRAAM can shoot ANY other aircraft(s) out of the sky, while the HARM will knock out any ground anti-aircraft forces in the area, thus allowing the ENHANCED PAVEWAY II to drop through any window on earth with 99% accuracy. There is not a Russian aircraft on earth that has this capability to kill, yet alone with such precision accuracy. Therefore, if you want a debate on air superiority, make sure you keep your examples on a similar playing field. This is the “Big Leagues” now, and the Russians haven’t been able to step up to the plate sense the mid 1980’s!

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