There is no doubt that todays F-16C with Amraam, AIM-9X and JHMCS would defeat even a modernized Fulcrum in all aspects of air combat.
Posted: May 23, 2013 - 2:30 PM
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 - 04:36 AM
Joined: Mar 03, 2010 - 03:12 AM
MiG should have dropped the twin engine -29 for a single engined aircraft, yes. But I think they should have gone the route like the Chinese did with the J-10 and use the Flanker motor. Kill the Fulcrum program altogether. I know the Flogger family gets belittled, but an Al-31 powered MiG-23 offshoot with modern avionics offered slashing attacks similar to what made the Foxbat so difficult to intercept. I'm glad the Soviets never figured out their advantage until the said programs were basically done running the course. The fact they used so many resources on Fulcrum for so little return is quite satisfying. If the MiG-29 had proven to overwhelm the Falcon in most conditions then the balance of power would have shaken out quite differently during arms reduction talks.