"Nele VII" wrote
Most succesful air superiority (proven, series) F-15.
Most capable air superiority (low/no combat record) Su-27
Best all-round (proven, series) F-16C.
Best all-round (by figures) MiG-29SMT (SMT2, MRCA)
Best fighter/interceptor (proven, combat) F-14A (Iranian);
Best pure "true supersonic" interceptor (by figures, series) MiG-31
Better than expected "true supersonic" fighter/interceptor (proven,
MiG-25PD(e) (Iraq/Iran war, Gulf 1)
Now, "raw" figures point to the situation above.However, the introduction
R-77 for Russian (Su-27, Su-30), Indian (MiG-21/93, modified MiG-29-12b,
"custom" Su-30MKI) and Malesian AF ("custom" MiG-29SE) could change
only on "figures" side. Naval multirole fighters would include F/A-18 (US,
all versions, series, proven) and MiG-29K (by "figures" for India, very
similar to MiG-29SMT/M).
But, the pilot QUALITY is a big factor-for example, handful of Iraqi
MiG-25PD(e)'s piloted by elite pilots were dangerous, while their numerous
MiG-23ML/29As piloted by inepts were sitting ducks. Same goes for alleged
victory of Ethyopian (Russian-flown) Su-27s over Erythreyan
(Ukrainian-flown) MiG-29s (using R-73 missiles).
NULLA ROSA SINE SPINA
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