FlyingFrog said:Oh Yeah, PAK/FA means:
PAK FA [ Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsyi -
Future Air Complex for Tactical Air Forces
The prototype of the PAK FA would take-off in 2006 and that in 2010 the aircraft would be ready for series production. The first deliveries, both for Russian armed forces and for export, would be possible in 2011-12.
The new airplane is being proposed to be brought from the concept design to a prototype series in less than 9 years. Historically, fourth and fifth generation fighters have not been created in less than 15 years. The Russian government has promised to allocate 1.5 billion dollars for the PAK FA through 2010. But the Russian Air Force is receiving less than 200 million dollars a year during this period, and will spend it primarily on other needs.
Development and construction of a fifth-generation fighter would require about $20 billion dollars, and as of early 2004 it was unlikely that the government will appropriate financing of this scale.
NOTE: Russians call it 5th Gen while Western call it 4th Gen.
So what is your point? Russians needed much more time to get there where Americans were? O.K. than it's correct, if that's what you mean.
Hmm... I agree. Money is a big problem, US makes one mistake in that things which cost in budget defeicites: In russia things are different than in the US. Now what's my point, in Russia development isn't costing that much like in USA simply because Russians have different strategy in those things, they make Sukhoy, MiG, Yak etc. competing for the job and not finance it! In US is different, Government is doing all the paying for pretty much anything that comes on mind of some enginers! Than pay again to fix it, and it goes, and goes..... Catch up with me? I don't know if I said this clearly.FlyingFrog said:So what is your point? Russians needed much more time to get there where Americans were? O.K. than it's correct, if that's what you mean.
Yeah that's my point and world point too:
It is not possible to get PAK/FA into service as the Russians are claiming (before 2012), it need more time. And Money is a big headache there too.