Actually, that's what we have the What's cool in Russia?
Although, the quality of replies in that thread has been going down lately, so, starting a new thread seems to be a good idea.
Anyways, I really don't know what you mean by saying that Russia should get its reliability up. What's up with you Americans saying that Russian a/c are not reliable?
If anything, they are more reliable than Western a/c. Just look at Russian (Soviet) 4th generation fighters vs. US-made 4th generation fighters. The reason why Russian a/c are so much cheaper than Western ones is not reliability but cheap work force in the CIS (sometimes they don't get paid at all), and the fact that there aren't many countries buying CIS-made eqipment (at least not newly-manufactured, anyways) nowadays. Israel, for example, will not purchase Russian (I should say "non-American") defense products, because of three reasons: a) They get financial aid from the US to buy American
defense products, which means they get them almost for free. That is not as bad a deal as it sounds for the Americans, BTW. The American defense contractors have a constant market for their products, people don't get laid off etc. b) Compatibility with the IAF's doctrines, maintenance procedures, ground equipment, missiles etc. may be difficult with non-American equipment. c) US political pressure. The Americans want Israel to "buy" weapons from them, for the reasons stated in "a)". I don't know how much it applies to other US allies, but I would assume it is somewhat similar in each case.