“Summary: nice for air shows.”
Correct. Speed and range/TOT win jet modern dog fights.
Manuevarbility is nice, and damn handy, but going faster than the other guy (dive, straight, climb), is about 75%.
Also 4+ gen without stealth? Sorry, that’s NOT 4+ gen.
And net-centric capabilities.
F-22 is a generation ahead.
“Correct. Speed and range/TOT win jet modern dog fights.”
Actually, its more fundamental than that.
Having jets is what wins modern jet dogfights. The cost element and inherent unaffordability of the f35 and f22 is what will sell Russian jets. It cannot be ignored in this day and age.