The U.S. is interested in the sale of a Russian fifth-generation fighter to Chinese
American weapons specialist Michael Peck, written an article in which he “discussed” the sale of the Su-57 fighter to China.
Peck first of all says that Moscow will certainly get a good profit from the deal with his partner, and the money to invest with the benefit of their defense projects. But what will China do with the purchased fighter jet? The answer is simple, recopies and will create its own aircraft.
Chinese media say that China’s designers should learn a lot from their Russian counterparts. However, journalists can simultaneously praise the Su-57 and at the same time scold him. This discrepancy is seen in an article posted on Chinamil.com. It says that the Russian fifth-generation fighter is comparable to the Chinese J-20 or American F-22.
“It is difficult to consider it a full-fledged fifth-generation fighter because of its low visibility capabilities. Military observers note that this flaw significantly reduces the effectiveness of the Russian fighter in comparison with the Chinese and American,” the article reads.
But then the Su-57 was praised by the chief designer of the Shenyang Aviation Design Institute Wang Yongqing, who once worked on such aircraft as J-11, J-15, J-16 and J-31. He said the fighter jet has “good capabilities.”
“With its innovative aerodynamic design and ability to control the thrust vector, the Su-57 attaches great importance to the supersonic mode and super-exercise. In these cases, inconspicuousness is not the main need of the aircraft,” Yongqing said.
The Chinese also say that the American concept of air combat provides for long-range attack. This time is enough for Russian pilots to make a maneuver of evasion. “In addition, the Su-57 has a special radar that determines the exact location of the approaching missiles. Due to this radar long-range battle will be unsuccessful against the Russian fighter. The Su-57 will go into the melee, and there he has no equal. In addition, side-view radars in combination with other radars and sensors can detect the enemy much earlier than the enemy does,” the Chinese expert concluded.
Peck says that an aircraft designer from China can praise or scold a Russian fighter as much as he likes. The question here is, will the deal between Moscow and Beijing take place?
“China has a long tradition of buying Russian warplanes, as evidenced by the Su-35 deal. But since the country has developed its own fifth-generation fighter, it does not need to buy or even learn from the Russian Su-57 standards,” written in an article of Chinamil.com.
As we can see, Beijing does not particularly need a Russian new fighter jet. The Chinese believe that U.S. technology is more “interesting” for them than Russian ones. According to journalists, Russia is limited by its industrial resources, as opposed to the capabilities of American industry.
But Moscow itself may be interested in the transfer of the fighter to China. ” has not yet made a commitment to purchase the Su-57 in large quantities. Perhaps this is due to the high cost and the Ministry of Defense does not have enough to buy in large amounts of funds. Therefore, China can help subsidize production. To do this, Moscow can make a number of interesting proposals to Beijing, which will be interesting to them. This will not affect the Defense capability of the Russians. They are already sharing their secrets of invisibility with partners, including China. And what these proposals will be, unfortunately, we can only find out the last thing,” writes Michael Peck.v