posted on Jan, 21 2019 @ 02:09 AM
I am thinking the Russians may try to have very slow production of these aircraft, but with focus on consistent small improvements to the design and
especially manufacturing: you can't build a 5th generation aircraft using 4th generation manufacturing and assembly tech - and it may be indeed be
that 6th generation aircraft will require a lot more advanced manufacturing systems than even 5th generation requires.
What has to be remembered here is timelines: we're basically a decade away from advanced 6th generation aircraft being prototyped in the USA. If
Russia were to splurge all its money on more Su-57s, it will likely bleed dry its R&D budget for the 6th generation, with very little ability to make
the big leap needed in capability. So they will have maybe a few years of near parity with the US F22/F35 mix, before the 6th generation comes
through, and they suddenly have an airforce a generatiuon behind...and no money in the bank.