The fight for the Asian market: Russian fighter jets
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The fight for the Asian market: Russian fighter jets

The fight for the Asian market: Russian fighter jets


Ever since the "cold war" it so happened that the global arms market, was conditionally divided into two parts. One half of the countries buying arms from countries in the bloc "Warsaw Pact", the second from the NATO countries. There were, of course, countries who tried to arm the best examples from both sides.

With the end of the "cold war," the market has changed, but only slightly. There are still countries and regions have traditionally make purchases from Russia, and others, which are guided by American and European products. In part, before it was due to the country's membership in a particular unit, or to the political pole. But now, in today's complex geopolitical conditions, countries have the opportunity of free choice of a particular type of weapon. Competition in the market has become increasingly fierce, but the policy is still largely determined by the preferences of the military.

Soviet and later Russian aircraft are traditionally popular all over the world. Our advantages have always been: low cost (compared to similar Western models), high degree of reliability, quality of products. It is also important that there is no threat of falling under sanctions for the buyer’s country, which the Americans and Europeans are so quick to take in relation to dubious regimes.

Battle for Asia

Governments of several countries in the Asian region, announced its decision to upgrade and modernize the Air Force fleet. Potential bidders for the purchase of fighter planes began SAAB JAS 39 Grippen, French Dasso Rafal, Eurofighter «Typhoon»And the American F \ A-18 Super Hornet. Our offered Su-35 Flanker-E (Super Flanker). Aircraft generation 4 ++, Su-35 has become very attractive to potential buyers. Engines with variable thrust vector control system of refueling in the air, "advanced" system to prevent the radar radiation. And most importantly, the plane has a radar "Fazotron - NIIR", the ability to track targets 24 in the rear hemisphere at a distance of up to 100 km on rough terrain.

Already signed some contracts for the supply of equipment. Russia has won several tenders. The contract was signed not only with countries with whom we have historical friendly relations, but also with the region of the "other" camp. Indonesia and China signed contracts with "Rosoboronesportom." Pakistan, North Korea and several other countries in the region, has expressed great interest Flenkerom (according to some sources).

Despite new supplies, the share of Russian arms in the market of this region is steadily declining. This is due to the fact that large and rich importers of our weapons in the Asian region are intensively creating their military industry. India builds on license Su, and MiG. China successfully uses the achievements of the Russian military-industrial complex, on the basis of which it creates its own models of military equipment. However, China has also concluded contracts for the supply of Su-35. The fact is that the development of its own engine for fifth-generation aircraft, with a deflected thrust vector, can take China considerable time. And put in the country of Su-35 with engines AL-41F1S, will help China temporarily solve the problem with the engines of its own development for the aircraft generation 4 +.

But the delivery of modern aircraft to Pakistan, could complicate the already cool relations between Russia and India. Indian military would not like that their historical enemy of Pakistan, will be more "advanced" aircraft. Against Su-35 Indian Air Force may expose only the newest Su-30MKI (own construction), which in many ways will they concede. These supplies may lead to further cooling of Russian-Indian military cooperation and a deeper bank of India to the West. But this is the business of politicians.

The elder brother generation 5

Engine, standing on the Su-35 (AL-41F1S) is a simplified version developed by NPO "Saturn" engine aircraft 5 generation. In particular thrust vector control engine is Partial. Traction control occurs only in one plane according to the "up and out down-inside", in contrast to the AL-41F1 for aircraft 5 generation, which has vserakursny thrust vector control engine. Also, the engine Su-35 has less and besforsazhny afterburner thrust. But even with traction 14500 kgs per engine, the aircraft is able to move at supersonic excluding afterburner. The engine management system for the Su-35 - mechatronic. Engine aircraft generation 5, already has a fully digital control system. So, for the tranquility of the Patriots, say Russia does not trade with the latest developments and know-how.

Russian aircraft manufacturers have significantly inferior to the market in the segment of light attack aircraft and combat training aircraft. But additional losses in the Asian region, may significantly reduce the profitability of the KLA from the Russian exports. That, in turn, reflect on the future developments of the near future.

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