True, but how likely is that? If the situation makes it likely that people are likely to chuck cruise missiles at you then all your aircraft will either be airborne or dispersed in reinforced concrete hard-stands all around the base area. (Which is why air bases are so big, yet they only appear to use a tenths or less of the area)
Originally Posted by JanH
As a result a hit will at most take out one aircraft, assuming it actually hits an occupied hard-stand. After all, the majority were built during the fifties and sixties when the various air forces had a lot more aircraft. So in order to ensure a total knock out you'll need as many as ten times the amount of missiles as your enemy has planes, and then we haven't even accounted for air defences.
well during the book red storm rising they had tomahawk cruise missiles come in low under the radar because they were launched by subs. i think like 24 were launched from like 4 los angels class subs and it took out most of the russian backfire fleet.but that was the 80s. and a book.
Tom Clancy writes decent books, but his approach to military hardware is an odd mixture of heavy western bias, a lack of understanding of eastern block equipment and a tendency to ignore context. (See his treatment of the Kilo class and SSKs in general)
Radar was shown in MAKS 2011. Data buses would be similar to Su35s. Electronics for domestic fighters are domestically produced, only export variants received foreign electronics.
Originally Posted by Mowers
Infra flight data-links existed since early Su27 and Mi31, currently an updated version is being fielded.
Also T50 would have cheek apertures (unlike canceled ones on F22A), optical sensor both forward looking and DAS like (again, unlike F22A) and would also have a much better air to air and air to ground capabilites (With Kh58 USHK, R37M)
USA got infra-flight data-links in 2000s (except limited capability on F14+E2), F22A only started receiving link 16 datalink for receiving data (it still wont share data with other aircraft).
Overall T50 program is going ahead as planned the first LRIP aircraft are expected before 2015, by 2020 we expect to have fleet of 60 T50 aircraft with first generation engines. Post 2020 we expect a second generation engine and rear side remodel. First generation engine fulfills all requirements of supercrusise range and so on.