Given how 2 upgraded MiG-21s just bested 6 F-16s (and apparently even some sort of Block 52 standard), the value of the "generation" concept is questionable.
That's like saying one super car is better than another just because an idiot bought one and promptly drove it into a tree. If you're talking India vs. Pakistan neither are exactly world-beater air forces with training/tactics, AND no one has any idea what even happened yet.
Besides, if you want to go down that route - you can't pull the "age card" when Mig-21's have historically become target drones in any a2a engagement over the past few decades, by multiple countries lol.
And again you made a mistake-the thrust of "Product 30" is 17-18 tons, which greatly exceeds the thrust of F-119.
Yes, and very funny to listen to your statements about the "superiority of the US" in light of the fact that the development of the F-35 was used by the Soviet development programme of the YAK-141.
The Izdeliye-30 / AL-41 are in the same thrust class as the F-119 engine. Pratt's first research / dev program was launched in 1983.
I don't care about the specs today, since (as far as US technology is concerned) it's no longer even a cutting-edge design, HOWEVER a number of critical manufacturing technologies and techniques from the 1980s and 1990s US engine designs were (are) still being perfected by Russia and Saturn's programs today.
This is a fact, there's no way around it. You can throw around stats (again, based on a non-production engine that still hasn't passed critical reliability and performance tests) but at the end of the day, that's the engine which will (for the first time in Russia) demonstrate high performance 5th-gen-level fighter engine stats. If in fact it reaches production in 2020 (unlikely if you follow the programs unbelievable history of issues) then it'll still be (like I said before) around 30 years late. I don't care if the thrust specs differ slightly - name a SINGLE production deployed Russian engine before it which matches the technologies and efficiency/size/weight/thrust. There isn't one - this would be your first "modern" engine.
It should also be noted that the F-119 met all performance targets for the size and dimensions of the F-22. The SU-57 is obviously going to need more thrust to achieve super-cruise, if that's even possible (LM had to make several major last-minute changes to the Raptor design to ensure supercruise, from an aerodynamic point of view - regardless of thrust).
Don't even think about taking any credit for the F-35 lol!!
- you had an aircraft which tested a couple random elements of a STOVL system (LM really wanted to save some time due to fly-off pressure and deadlines and grab the nozzle hinge design). The JSF quickly became one of the largest and most complicated defense projects in world history. You should probably try to get the conventional "easy" "F-22-beater" in the air first, from a few decades ago. The Yak-41 was incapable of being converted to stealth, especially with the weight/complexity of two additional jet engines for lift. Actually just forget the STOVL F-35B - the A & C variants have nothing in common with the Yak, except they do feature infinite technologies which Russia has proven incapable of developing/deploying. On their own, they are independent 5th generation fighters that are fully operational and deployed with multiple countries as I type this.
Anyways back on topic - this is a SHOCKING sign of Russia getting their act together and really developing a modern UCAV. It's about time they developed their own ground-up designs!
Does anyone else see any similarities here?
...ouch yeah, that's the intake of a Boeing X-45 UCAV from 2005 (minus all the ugly crap Russia likes to stick to the outside of their planes of course!)
The rear? Ouch again... Hey maybe it goes back to that whole engine and materials technology gap I was talking about before?
This is actually Northrop's X-47, but their exhausts are similarly stealthy w/ the X-45. I was personally a HUGE fan of the X-47 as it performed everything ahead of schedule and under budget (incl numerous carrier ops) - awesome machine. It was just too good to be canned after doing everything perfect - hopefully it's part of some project I'll never know about.