was indeed a little behind the US technologically but not as to have caused the US to have "spanked" them. F-117? Gimme a break. That thing was solely designed for stealth capabilities and there's only 59(I believe) of them. GPS is a good tool but the USSR
can do perfectly fine without it. And by the way they had a radar I believe that could detect the F-117. As a matter of fact, the Mig-31 can easily track F-117s. My uncle is Mig-23BN pilot. His plane doesn't have GPS but he always hits his targets bullseye. The level of training of USSR
and Warsaw Pact pilots was very high and they were trained in things that the NATO pilots didn't even come close to. For example taking off and landing on grass fields and flying in ultra-low altitudes(40-50m) at night in poor weather conditions. GPS and CIWS are just "extras". I can say the USSR
didn't have a good aircraft carrier fleet but they did have a formidable fleet of Yak-38s and Su-27Ks and Su-25Ks. Lets not forget the Ka-25, Ka-27, Ka-29 and Mi-14PL helicopters and Tu-142. You shouldn't underestimate what the USSR
was like that by saying they were going to get spanked. E-8? There is a plane called a Il-76VKP that does the same job and there is many Il-76 based planes that are like the E-8 including an A-60 for laser research. E-3 AWACS? A-50 is the exact equivalent. If the USSR
hadn't broken up the An-71 AWACS would've also been in production and there you go. Communications? I've been in many post Warsaw Pact airports and their communications are just fine and that's after the break up. I can guarantee you that the USSR
had excellent communications.