Oct 17, 2021
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The USA learned about the main problem of the Su-57, “dooming the fighter to failure”

In the photo: the Su-57 multipurpose fighter during a dynamic display of aircraft.

In the photo: the Su-57 multipurpose fighter during a dynamic display of aircraft. (Photo: Sergey Savostyanov / TASS)

The popular Stars and Stripes magazine National Interest, citing analysts from War is Boring, explained why the actual commissioning of the Russian “criminal” (Su-57 according to NATO codification: Felon – “Criminal”) was delayed for a decade. Say, the number of 5th generation combat aircraft that will be produced until 2027 in accordance with the US Department of Defense’s state program can hardly be called serial production. This means that only prototypes will go into battle.

Actually, this is true, unfortunately. Moscow would have to provide its air force with Su-35 fighters in the required quantity, so the Su-57 can only be spoken of as a reputational project of the Kremlin. In principle, this is also positive for Russia, because now we live in an era of positioning by superpowers of their combat capabilities, while wars have become the lot of third countries.

The resources of the National Interest and War is Boring have reduced the gag to a minimum, based solely on the assessments of Russian experts. And in fact, there is not much progress in the Su-57 program: everything that is happening now with our “five-generation” can be safely called fine-tuning and pre-production tests of the aircraft.

On the other hand, Moscow has a decade-long backlog in the form of the concept of “flankers”, the masterpieces of which are the Su-35 and Su-34. Considering that these aircraft are generation 4 ++ fighters only because they have no stealth, the situation in the sky for our country does not look critical, since stealth technology does not provide complete invisibility.

The American analytical community as a whole looks positively at the RF Air Force, seeing them as a worthy adversary to the US Air Force. The battles between them go on only in the fantasies of journalists and bloggers, while the military, although they probe each other “weakly”, do everything not to lead to war.

Let us give, let’s say, a summary assessment of overseas analysts and military observers. The weak points of the Russian fifth-generation program, the Yankees call the unreliable Su-57 engines, again stealth, unpretentious, by the standards of the F-35, software. But the most important thing, according to the experts there, is that the Russian economy is “dead” in comparison with the American one.

Devon Stavrowski writes: “Although the cost of the Su-57 in Russia is significantly lower than the F-35, it (the price of the car) is still the main stumbling block for the Russians.” According to him, it was the poverty of our treasury that formed the philosophy of war: “Let there be many mediocre machines than few good ones.” During the Second World War, this approach paid off. Yes, in Russia (then in the USSR) more pilots and tankers died than in the Third Reich, but the winner got everything.

But America is not Germany, Stavrovsky is convinced. They say that the Yankees can make even more good cars than the Russians – mediocre ones. This means that Moscow needs to catch up technologically and economically in order to meet the challenges of our time in the field of national security. The only question is whether there are people in Russia who will be able to solve these most difficult tasks.

The National Interest magazine believes that there are no titans of scale in our country Nauma Chernyakova, Mikhail Simonov, Artem Kolchin, Alexey Knyshev – the chief designers who created the flanker family. They, alas, remained in the legendary Soviet past.

Americans see the current situation as follows: “The UAC absorbed more than 20 aviation companies and reorganized them into four aircraft building divisions,” writes NI, “… the government owns at least 90 percent of the shares … most of the enterprises integrated into the UAC retained a certain level of autonomy. MiG and Sukhoi have their own board of directors. However, with rare exceptions, these directors do not have voting rights. In contrast, the entire UAC conglomerate is subject to a board of 14 directors, most of whom are prominent associates. Putin… Few of them are qualified industrial managers. “

This is followed by even tougher assessments. Overseas are convinced that “KLA turned out to be a lame duck.” 15 years have passed since the re-creation of Russian military aviation, but the KLA managers can only boast of “the ability to resume production of types (aircraft) developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.”

“The main reason is that most UAC directors are carefully selected yes people who enjoy discussing planning, strategies and new projects, but are unable to make difficult decisions,” concludes NI. surrounded by VVP, there are simply no managers with their own professional point of view among managers.

If we take this thought further, we can say this: Colonel Putin adheres to the army chain of command in his presidential work. This means that “orders are not discussed” and “alternative opinions are not heard.” Whether this is really so or not, only the Kremlinites and the vertical of power know.

At the same time, it is difficult to disagree with the conclusions of NI that “UAC is not capable of innovations and adaptation (to modern challenges)”, albeit with reservations. Still, a completely new project Checkmate – the Su-75 – was announced as a desperate attempt to enter the international aviation market with a new product. However, there is little merit to make a dummy, nevertheless, let us sincerely hope that our engineers can handle this task.

However, back to the conclusions of NI. The publication sees no prospects for the UAC, including because “no matter how big Russia is, its GDP is comparable to that of Australia.” Like, guys, what are you talking about? It is not serious with such an economy to play a superpower, including in the military aircraft industry. It’s like walking into a Kalash row with torn trousers.

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