Skip to comments.PLA Air Force may upgrade radar of its Su-30MKK fighters
Posted on 05/09/2014 2:45:52 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
To compete with India's Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, the People's Liberation Army Air Force may consider replacing the RLPK-27VE integrated radar targeting system of its Sukhoi Su-30MKK fighters with more advanced passive electronically scanned array radar, according to the Moscow-based Military Parade magazine.
Even though China has shown itself capable of building its own version of Russian fighters such as the J-11B and the J-15 through reverse engineering, many Western experts still question whether the quality of these Chinese fighters is really equal to the Russian originals. This is the reason why China still needs to purchase the Su-35S, Russia's 4.5-generation, despite the fact that it is already capable of designing a fifth-generation stealth fighter.
China is currently still unable to design and produce engine and radar systems as advanced as Russia's. India, one of China's major rivals, has purchased a Su-30MKI with a passive electronically scanned array and gained a license from Russia to produce Saturn AL-31FP engines domestically. With the ability to track targets 200 kilometers away, the Indian Air Force's Su-30MKI could easily overcome Chinese fighters in a potential conflict.
With only the RLPK-27VE integrated radar targeting system, China's Su-30MKK cannot even fire the Russian-built KS-172 air-to-air missile, according to Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a military from Canada. This is the reason why China is considering installing passive electronically scanned array radar to upgrade its fighters. China has also developed its J-15 carrier-based fighters with AL-31FP engines, although the price of the fighter has gradually increased.
Two PLA Su-30MKK fighters fly in formation. (Internet photo)
Why PESA? Why not AESA?
Hardware is pretty and makes for good air shows. Avionics wins battles, which is why the F-35 isn’t as lame as some may think.
Experience wins battles. America and England have the most experience.