- Mar 19, 2019
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It is always cheaper to have a not so numerous platform covering the higher end of the capability requirements and a numbers plane taking care of the bulk of the missions, in that regard Russian doctrine is not different. From the 90's onwards the VKS was reduced to its minimum expression and therefore having just higher capability platforms made sense, and with little resources twin engine was safer. But now things are different. Strelets made two interesting remarks:I do agree with some other sentiment here that Russia really could use a light fighter in the same vein as the MiG-21 for exports.. but not sure if Russia themselves really need such an aircraft?
- Syria has clearly shown that heavy twin engine fighters are overkill for most missions
- Sukhoi has a future fleet composition approach with optimal costs and capacities via the Su-57, S-70 and LTS.
With the VKS being still very reduced in numbers and many air bases being refurbished, VMF-MA also with minimal amounts and a proposal like the LTS on the table that almost matches the Su-30SM in range and payload parameters, I think it is clear the Russian military needs several hundreds of units.