hehehe.... but dude spending on R&D for a stealth plane is just one part....building,operating and maintaining a 5th gen fighter can make the richest of rich go bankrupt.
thats why both F22 and F35 programs are facing crisis.
How many nations can afford a plane that cost more than 100 million $ a piece?? in case of F22 thats 350 million $ per unit.
The PA- 50 is going to make an impact. There is technology on both sides of the Atlantic and what the media usually portray as superior to the rest can change in a eye-wink.Technology change as R&D will make profound changes. Watch this space in the near future!
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the only exception to the above is the F22
Surely, F-22 was just a gift horse, no other competitors are in the sky. F-35B is comparable to PAK FA in price terms but it's obviously inferior to the russian toy.
Given that PAK-FA actually deliver it promises it is superior even to F-22 in a very important detail: it would have a 2 seater version.
Simply put, according to actual Nato doctrine , no A2G mission without 2-seater in the pack, as show in Lybia.
Considering the aircraft were developed for two different roles it's rather unfair to compare the two. It remains to be seen if the PAK-FA will deliver or not as all we have seen so far are a few prototypes without radars and have not to my knowledge conducted any weapons tests as of yet.