Multi-purpose fighter su-57.Illustration: topwar.ru
The American edition The National Interest has compiled a list of “most dangerous for Europe,” Russian aircraft.
Today, the Russian VKS can not boast of something similar to the latest us fifth generation fighter such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). However, the fact that Russia has not yet achieved parity with the most advanced air force in the world, should not detract from the reality that Moscow has released several formidable aircraft in recent years. Moreover, notes The National Interest, Moscow has shown its willingness to sell aircraft of its own production to countries both large and small, which the US and Europe ignored. And because many States of the world do not need the most advanced technology possessed by Western aircraft, Russian military vehicles are often attractive, cheaper alternative to buying air platforms from the US or European powers.First in the list edition puts heavy supersonic fighter su-27, which was launched in the USSR since 1985. He is ahead of the American F-16 and F/A-18 at high-speed performance, delivering up to 2525 km/h vs 2200 km/h and 1,900 km/h, respectively. Among the States actively operating the su-27 and its modifications — India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and others.
Followed by the MiG-29, Soviet multipurpose fighter of the fourth generation operated since 1983. In comparison with the su-27 its main advantage is maneuverability. According to this indicator, the MiG-29 is superior to the American F-16. Besides Russian VC fighter is armed with a number of former Soviet republics, India, North Korea, Cuba, Iran and other countries.
Super-maneuverable fighter su-35, the third in the list, can reach the speed of 2,390 km/h. However, improved compared to the su-27 combat radius (over 1600 km) compensates for the slight decrease in speed performance. Russia is still the only operator of this multirole fighter, other States are actively interested in the possibility of buying it. Among them is Turkey, to which the United States recently put obstacles in the purchase of aircraft fifth generation F-35 due to the purchase by Ankara of the Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400.
In the fourth position in the ranking of The National Interest is located a multifunctional fifth generation fighter, the su-57 (project PAK FA — Prospective airborne complex of frontline aviation), which is intended to replace the su-27. American publication called su-57 “direct response” to the F-22 and F-35.
Closes the top-5 supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160 (“White Swan”). The National Interest writes that the Tu-160 is incredibly fast for a strategic bomber with a top speed of 2220 km/h, it is much superior to the American strategic bombers such as the B-1B Lancer and B-52″. In addition, the Russian submarine has “an impressive combat radius of 7300 km.”