Does the shipborne Su 25 have folding wings?
That top photo with the curtain between the two front seat in the dashboard is a Bear... or possibly a Tu-16. The curtain is so the navigator can climb into his nose position. The bottom pic with the fighter style control sticks is the Tu-160 before the upgrade.tu160
Specifications also indicate it could be a test bed for T-95 or may be its just my thought
T-95 has no crew in turret so its turret is unlikely to be that big.
The problem for Russia is size of electronics. They are world leaders when it comes to designing radars. When tested after the end of the cold war their space tracking radars were found to be rather more capable than western equivelents. Note this is not new... when the U-2 Powers was flying was shot down many western experts believed U-2 spy planes were safe because Soviet radars were all based on US radars supplied during WWII. What they didn't know is that the soviets weren't working from scratch when they got US radars and had improved them greatly since they got them.What I ment in my earlier post was I heard it is hard for Russia to build AESA Radars on-par with the U.S. does anyone know if this is true?
An AESA radar is like an array grid of 1,000+ radars... that is transmit and receive modules. The Soviets were the first to deploy an operational PESA radar on an operational aircraft in the Mig-31 so they are not new to radar arrays. The problem is that AESA needs minaturisation which has always been a strong point of US electronics and not so important to the Soviets.
PESA has many of the features of AESA but it also lacks some of the important ones too. Very large building sized radars, the Soviets/Russians can make AESA. Making them small enough to fit in the nose of a fighter aircraft is something they have only demonstrated in the last few years.
Keep in mind that the naval Su-25 has had its gun and weapon system removed and uses its pylons for dummy AAMs and fuel tanks only. It is a trainer for naval pilots. With armour reduced and no weapon payload the Su-25 even in the two seat model is a zippy performer.Does the shipborne Su 25 have folding wings?
BTW that Armed Assault II vid looks really good... going to have to upgrade my computer though... I noticed during the vid that some aircraft were armed with missiles with black and white stripes on them. That colouring signifies that the weapons are dummys for training.
It was taken in 2002 - when we visited Star City and went inside the MIR mockup.
I posted it on my website - and it has since appeared on various Chinese websites - and pops up occasionally purporting to be the toilet from the Su-34 !!
It is from the mockup of the MIR Space Station at Star City, Moscow.....
Here is my original......
The question is....Soviets copied from RAF or the other way around??