Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Raptor Killer

Russian Raptor Killer is a "Game Changer"

The Russians have a long history of over-hyping, or even inventing aircraft capabilities, so we'll see.  In the meanwhile this overview -

In an open-source assessment of Russia's Sukhoi PAK-FA, aka the Raptor Killer, Air Power Australia concludes, "once the PAK-FA is deployed within a theatre of operations, especially if it is supported robustly by counter-VLO capable ISR systems, the United States will no longer have the capability to rapidly impose air superiority, or possibly even achieve air superiority." Moreover, the Obama administration's decision to kill the F-22 air superiority fighter in favor of the multi-role F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may prove disastrous, as "the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter struggles to survive against the conventional Su-35BM Flanker… Against [a basic-model] PAK-FA, the F-35 falls within the survivability black hole, into which US legacy fighters such as the F-16C/E, F-15C/E and F/A-18A-F have already fallen.”

When the Obama administration killed the F-22, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the administration's case in a speech before the Economic Club of Chicago. Gates explained that F-22 was unnecessary because nobody else was anywhere close to fielding an aircraft comprable to F-35, let alone F-22:

    Consider that by 2020, the ... [Game Changer continued]


Anonymous said...

In head to head air combat tests, F-22 slaughtered F-35. F-35 is jack of all trades and master of none. It doesn't do VSTOL as well as the Harrier, the aerial combat role as well as F-22, the CAS role as well as A-10 or F-18 because of range/payload limitations, but it is a good political contribution ( Joint Strike Fighter) to Euroweenie aerospace employment.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Rodger the Real King of France said...

i know.

molonlabe28 said...

It will be interesting to see what happens on this front.

It's hard envisioning the Russians developing much more than the cropduster of modern military aviation - the MIG.

Anonymous said...

One more thing - I'm betting the F-35 doesn't work out as a carrier fighter/attack plane. The designers still don't have the landing gear strength/arresting hook attachment durabilty needed for carrier ops. Shades of McNamara's F-111 carrier fighter fiasco. There is a long history for the phrase "Jack of all trades - master of none".

Anonymous said...

I was just reading an article in Aviation Week on this very subject (Elder Son&Heir is studying to be an Aerospace Engineer) and they were saying the thing that the Russkies rolled out and flew was more an existing Sukhoi Su-30something AND apparently the new King Hell Sov.., er, Russian engines are unreliable and can't be used in operational aircraft for a long time. AvWeek's take was that essentially this Russky plane is akin to us taking an F-15 to Burbank and letting Lockheed play with it for a couple of years.
- One Man Gang

Anonymous said...

One man, I was wondering something like that - I didn't see any evidence of vectored thrust in that video.
As to reliabilty, those engines only need to last a couple weeks if they build enough aircraft to swarm our small F-22 fleet.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

An nuke engineer friend of mine (Armenian decent) who is fluent in Russian and worked many years in Russia had the following opinion:

"If the Cold War turned hot and the Soviets launched a nuclear strike, I wouldn't have been surprised if they were all killed off by their own missiles"

Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...


I too have never been comfortable with the F-35. It development struck me eerily similar to the mindset of pre WWII USA in regards to its military: ie. P-40 too expensive, take out the superchargers! (which led to it being an easy kill during high altitude combat against the Japanese Oscar and Zero).

We ended up with cheap, disposable aircraft manned by disposable pilots for the early part of the war.

If we are spending less than 6% of our GNP on defense, we are risking war through the projection of weakness.

cmblake6 said...

And weakness of our nation is exactly the point for Obullpoop.

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