"Robert Gates, is that you??" sublight
- Jun 17, 2008
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Back then, stealth information and how effective were (aspecially considering the ATF) still fairly new and unavailable to the british to have an accurate simulation. And I think the same thing can be said for the russian aircrafts (the one flown in the simulation was su-35 I believe). The 30-1 is sited using the su-27 and mig-29, but it doesn't specifically say which variant of these families.lantinian said:There is quite a bit of new "official information" in this article. Releasing more specific data about it actual capabilities is one way to go making case for more F-22s.
It seams now from statements from the USAF, Lockheed-Martin, the Pentagon, the Congress and the Senate, only the Congress opposes more F-22s with the other players starting a lobbing effort to continue production. It would be interesting to see, what will the Obama administration decide before March first.
In the mid 90's BAe published exchange ration from simulated fighter battles between various western fighters and the latest MiG-29 and SU-27 variants. Back then it was all in support for the Eurofighter which came out with exchange ration of 4-1 and the F-22 with 10-1.
I suspect BAe used the the requirements for the F-22 as a base, since the later had not flown yet.
Now Lockheed Martin publishes a figure of 30-1 for a similar scenario presumably using more up to date performance figures.
These are of course the for and against the argument of buying more F-22s. Still the new figure shows the F-22 to be considerably more effective than originally planned underscoring its better than specified key performance parameters.
The F-22 will visit the this summer's Paris Air show for the first time in its career. It will be interesting to see if more information will be presented at this event.