Today, aircraft are vulnerable long before they are in visual range. If you see an F-22, you would have already been dead if the pilot thought you were a threat.
Unless the Su-35 pilot can detect an incoming Sidewinder or AMRAAM and out-maneuver it, it's just an expensive showpiece.
Get back to me when it's not detectable by radar and can cruise at supersonic speed.
Depends on what the ROEs are. We've heard your argument before which is why the Phantom II was fielded without a gun.
If you tried most of those slow speed maneuvers at full speed or close to it, you bust that sucker up wouldn’t you.
So what’s the true value of some of that. Not much.
As for maneuvering to avoid a Sidewinder, good luck with that.
Stealth is history repeating itself.
The F-22 has an internal gun that ‘pops’ out when the pilot pulls the trigger.
Why? Because we will never make the mistake again by designing a fighter without a gun (F-4).
Most A/A engagements will be pre-merge and the close-in phone-booth knife-fight will likely be very rare, but it is a capability we must have (and do).
BVR ROE can be restrictive and the politico's (Obama) would place restrictions where BVR shots can't be taken. And, there are times a friendly might be flying with less that capable EID, and that would require some sort of visual.
We have tactics for that.
Gun kills will happen.
They'll be up against Chicom stuff in open country with no nearby base of support. Close quarters combat might be part of that agenda ~ hundreds of miles from any Ground to Air missile defense systems.