The most dangerous Russian warplanes
• The most dangerous Russian warplanes
The American military-political magazine "National interest" has published a ranking of the most dangerous enemy for Russian combat aircraft. The top five were four fighters and strategic missile.
Topping the list is heavy fighter Su-27 (NATO Flanker - so called fortification, covering the flank).
Designed to gain air superiority aircraft was created in the 70s as a response to the emergence of the US F-16 fighters. Before the Soviet designers were given the task to beat the Americans and they coped with the problem.
Su-27 faster than the competition 2525 kilometers per hour against 2200 the F-16 and 1900 in the F / A-18 - has an impressive combat radius of 750 kilometers and can carry a large arsenal, among which "National Interest" highlights class rocket "air-to-air" medium-range R-27R1 with a radar seeker.
The confirmation of the aircraft advantages is its popularity in the international market: India and China have bought licenses for the production of the Su-27, and in Russia on the basis of its established carrier-based fighter Su-33 and the Su-34.
The second position in the list is a light fighter, the MiG-29. It can not compete with Dry in size, range or speed. But much more maneuverable MiG "big brother" and his overseas competitors - it is his property during the "Cold War" confirmed the German Air Force personnel. Small fighter can swivel with congestion and nine units, having suspension points on seven more than two tons of missiles and bombs. In close combat, where mobility becomes a decisive advantage, the course is 30-mm rapid-firing gun.
Fulcrum - the fulcrum, as the MiG-29 was named in NATO - turned out to be a very dynamic platform, the newspaper notes. Since 1983, the aircraft adapted to a lot of combat missions, was a dozen wars and local conflicts, stands on a number of the country's armed. Rearming the Russian Air Force MiG-29 SMT with modern avionics and advanced features.
Whatever it was not maneuverable MiG-29, Su-35 until it away.
This fighter has become the world's first production aircraft having super-maneuverability - thanks to engines with thrust vector control. Formally, the plane belongs to a generation 4 ++, but meets most of the requirements of the fifth generation.
Su-35 is a bit slower than the Su-27, but its combat radius is wider by more than half, and 12 suspension points it is able to carry eight tons of weapons - including a very fast homing missiles R-77. A used in aircraft construction absorbing materials make it hardly noticeable to enemy radar.
Special attention to "National Interest" pays perspective planes PAK FA. The newest aircraft flying in the same league as the US F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II, leaving far behind all the other combat aircraft, the newspaper writes. A maximum speed of 2600 kilometers per hour overtakes PAK FA, according to the Pentagon, and F-35. However, the US military specify that the rate - not the main advantage Lighting II.
Russian promising fighter designed as a multi-purpose aircraft and armed respectively missiles "air-to-air" different-range missiles to destroy the radar and polutoratonnye bombs to sink ships.
48-minute film about the T-50 PAK FA:
12. Bringing up the rear supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160 (NATO classification BlackJack). He was incredibly fast for its class - 2 200 kilometers per hour - and is able to fly over the oceans that regularly demonstrates. 12 X-55 aircraft is armed missiles flying at 3000 km and carrier thermonuclear warheads of 200 kilotons each.
Of particular concern to the West caused Moscow's plans to build updated Tu-160m2 with a new generation of avionics and modern weapons - including hypersonic missiles. At the same time, work is underway to create a fundamentally new missile PAK DA.