And, the "Only" aircraft to demonstrate firing weapons with an AESA radar? So you're not aware of Lockheed Martin borrowing the UAEAF's Block 60 F-16s with AESA to perform trials in India, as did the Boeing F/A-18E/F?
Yeah, Russian aircraft will receive funding for upgrades, but it doesn't mean they'll be any better. And you're obviously not aware of upgrades currently underway for Rafale, Gripen and Typhoon. The Rafale has a very wide range of weapons already integrated, certainly more versatile than Typhoon and Gripen at this stage, and at the very least on par (or better in my view) with the Mig-35.with infusion of huge money in Russina aviation industry and Ruaf procurement before 2020. It is more than likely that MIG-35 will always be at the top interms of new weopons/upgrades to avionics, engines etc.
There is simply not that much money in EU to improve EF/Rafale/Gripen. and what little left will go towards procurement of JSF.
Are you aware of what upgrades and enhancements Typhoon are receiving as I type this? Most certainly not...
Never said it was useless. It has it's advantages but what advantages one gains their is a disadvantage to pay for in other areas, engine/airframe fatigue, loss of energy in certain situations in WVR.TVC is not useless. It is being in used aircraft like Su-30MKI/F-22 which has far worse TWR than newer MIG-35. MIG-35 TVC is newer one.
When it is turned off, it is turned off. Period.
According to a test pilot:
"...unlike other planes, where it is a risk to stall or go into critical regimes, here in principle, if TVC is turned on there is more or less no minimal speed and AoA limits are lifted. Practically if there is enough height you can get out of any situation."
That means the plane behaves differently if TVC is turned on or not, and the limits are different. Which is what i said earlier.
I said i don't doubt there are some switches for turning the TVC off. Ofcourse there will be such feature.
But it changes nothing. The TVC is integrated in the Su-35S FCS. Which mean it is constructed, and used with additional software to be operated in the daily flights and service.
Its also why its not a simple matter for VVS Su-27 pilots to just fly off with their latest toy. They have to train up to the new capability, the TVC included. Cause the Su-35S behave quite differently vs Su-27 with none TVC.
So yet again the TVC is designed and intended to be engaged when flying.
So its a moot point of your to linger with this "but it can be turned off" nonsens..
Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall.
You forget that if JSR could marry the Mig-35...well you get the idea
First night after the wedding would be interesting
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That is correct.That means the plane behaves differently if TVC is turned on or not, and the limits are different. Which is what i said earlier.
If you take example of 117S or 117 engine you will see that they are as light as or even lighter than basic Al-31F (no weight penalty). There are numerous gains from TVC integration!
Only nations that have cost-effective and mature technologyBottom line is, no one seems to bother with tvc on previously non-tvc designs.
When talking about fatigue, you have the option to turn the TVC off for most of the time. Overall nozzle service life will probably be shorter, but in the long term having the TVC will be more cost efficient and the reason is increased safety. The existence of redundant means of aircraft control allows for a better survivability (aerodynamic control surface ineffectiveness - entering stall/spin etc.). In peace time, an aircraft crash by loss of aerodynamic control could be avoided by the use of Thrust Vectoring. In war time, damage to aerodynamic control surfaces can be compensated with Thrust Vectoring. Having more frequent nozzle servicing is few times less expensive than loss of the plane.
That goes under "tactical mistake" and has nothing to do with TVC. You can lose speed and make tactically wrong decision in the plane without TVC.loss of energy in certain situations in WVR.
TVC "only" drastically expands your flight envelope and you need to know how to use it properly just as everything else in order to be more effective.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfINfouJbTE If you look carefully at 4:27, you will see the "lurking mode" nozzle movement in yaw axis. This is the case where overzealous pilot temporarily exceeds the limits and TVC corrects it sharply. This is also a demonstration how TVC can be useful in a dogfight situation. Was it necessary? No, rudder motion alone would have corrected it anyway. However its good not to worry about limits and having the unwanted rotation corrected quickly.
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