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Sukhoi Su-57 Meta Thread

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posted on Jan, 18 2019 @ 03:10 PM
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a reply to: anzha

First time I've seen the FOD door cutout. That's another feature not demonstrated yet (I guess until now).




posted on Jan, 21 2019 @ 02:09 AM
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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.



 
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