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[-] [email protected] 77 points 4 weeks ago

Kinda surprised the Russians have any to spare.

[-] [email protected] 30 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Given that Iran paid for them years ago and is now in a bit more of a tense situation than usual, I have a feeling Iran is saying to Russia that they'd better deliver or they'll stop selling stuff to Russia. Iran will be fine if Russia loses to Ukraine, so they can afford to make that threat

[-] [email protected] 16 points 4 weeks ago

This seems good all around to me. Russia has fewer planes to attack Ukraine and Israel ends up focusing more of its resources on the Iranian military instead of Gazan civilians. A bit of a "why don't you pick on someone your own size" situation.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 4 weeks ago

The Iranians have been churning out literal thousands of Shahed drones for Russia to shoot into Ukraine. I’m pretty sure this was the other half of the deal they made.

[-] FlyingSquid 12 points 4 weeks ago

I was going to say the same thing. Maybe these are the especially shitty jets that are even shittier than their normal shitty jets?

[-] saltesc 10 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

SU-35s are legemdarily good like their older SU-27 brothers. They're arguably the best Gen 4 aircraft in the world now. In general,.Soviet and Russian aircraft have been very formidable.

What you're confusing "shittier" with is after Sukhoi hand the aircraft over to the Russian military. At which point poor selection and training hop in, strapped with janky or old weaponry, given orders by notoriously bad tacticians. And suddenly your fancy "Gen 4.5" aircraft is getting downed by anything with a half modern missile in the tube.

Toe-to-toe it'll be Israel's F-16s—which will need modern configs—that will present a challenge. Certainly not the F-15s. But the real contender will be SAMs which I imagine are the latest fancy American ones.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Israel has 36 F-35s. You can argue about the cost efficiency of the design if you want, but the actual result will be a bunch of dead SU-35s, not a fight between roughly equivalent Gen 4 fighters.

Also, just saying, the American Generation 4.5 was the F-18, not the F-16. The F-16s were originally designed in 1976 (and America didn't sell the F-18s to everyone, while the F-16 is still arguably America's main fighter export)

The Super Hornets in particular are noted for being an actual 4.5 frame, sharing a lot of design features that would come to distinguish genuine Gen 5 fighters.

Only Australia and Kuwait, for some reason, were allowed to buy those sexy beasts.

[-] Maggoty 8 points 4 weeks ago

The F-16s and F-15s have 4.5 versions though. They aren't stuck in the 1970's anymore than the F-18 Super is stuck in the 1990's.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 weeks ago

Fair enough! There's no getting around the fact that the Hornets can load up a lot more ordinance and has better avionics just from being a bigger frame with more thrust, but the F-16s do have a baseline speed and maneuvering advantage.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 weeks ago

The issue with Israel isn't the quality of their weapons and munitions. It's the quantity.
This article explains how they don't have many fighter pilots
Israel has something like 35000 people in it's air force. That's a tiny air force. Most of those people are going to be in some type of support role. The article talks about the most elite squadron being only 40 people. Losing one person is arguably a bigger loss than the plane. After all, doesn't matter if you have a plane if no one can fly it

[-] Vikthor 5 points 4 weeks ago

Israel has something like 35000 people in it’s air force. That’s a tiny air force.

That's very relative. While it may seem tiny from US or Chinese POV it's more than the whole militaries of many European nations even twice as big as Israel.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Oh, that's interesting, I didn't know that, but those 40 would be the guys flying the 36 F-35s, you know? They're just not going to lose that many of them to SU-35S.

And they can protest the Palestinian genocide, because Hamas doesnt have an air force, but if Iran starts sending in bombing missions they'll be in the air.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 4 weeks ago

Well… yes and no. Anything made in Russia over the last 2 years likely has electronics that are rather suspect. I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that some of those new flankers Iran is getting have some repurposed Whirlpool dishwasher chips squirreled away in there somewhere.

[-] Maggoty 0 points 4 weeks ago

You ... Uh ... Don't think Israel's F-15's are up to the task?

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Russia's share of the global arms export market was in a gradual decline before Ukraine, and it's been in a virtual freefall post invasion.

This is the kind of PR they need for the long term financial survival of their big ticket weapons programs. So whether they can spare these planes militarily, might be a secondary consideration behind financial longevity concerns.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 weeks ago

Maybe Iran mentioned their next Shehed shipment would have to wait until the jets got there.

[-] dugmeup 0 points 4 weeks ago

Jets are not a winning strategy in Ukraine. Only grinding it out can achieve anything.

Hope the recent aid puts another nail into that strategy.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

What do you think the primary purpose of multirole fighers has been in the Ukraine war?

They're primarily used as long range tactical and strategic bombing platforms, which is pretty important in a war of attrition.

[-] [email protected] -2 points 4 weeks ago

Same here. It may be a plan for Israel and Iran to go at it. That would take support from Ukraine.

[-] [email protected] 39 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Good news. Finally the Iranian government will be able to defend itself against teenaged schoolgirls who uncover too much of their hair.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 4 weeks ago

If Japanese anime have taught me anything, then that fighter jets are no match for teenaged schoolgirls 🪄💖

[-] GraniteM 12 points 4 weeks ago

Or the fighter jets are piloted by teenaged schoolgirls.

Or the fighter jets are teenaged schoolgirls.

[-] gibmiser 27 points 4 weeks ago

Proxy wars... the bread and butter of the military industrial complex.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 4 weeks ago

Israel/Iran won't be a proxy war if it goes hot.

For one thing, they don't have a border with Israel, and Israel doesn't have Marines, so they can't even load up and sail through ally controlled water.

If Israeli troops try to invade Iran, or vice versa, it will either be through Iraq and Jordan/Syria and a whole bunch of weird shit will kick off if that happens.

Also... Everyone knows Israel has nukes, and Iran's program was rather famously sabotaged.

[-] GraniteM 2 points 4 weeks ago

Even if they don't have a nuke (and we assume they haven't otherwise acquired one), does Iran have the materials to make a dirty bomb?

[-] Crismus 2 points 4 weeks ago

Iran should have plenty of material for a dirty bomb from their joint Russian reactor project many many years back. The problem is that the US can fingerprint Uranium to where it was mined after a blast due to each mine having their own set of impurities based on the region the material came from.

If the he material used in the peaceful electrical reactor project ends up in a bomb, it could be used as Casus Belli for a Nuclear Reaponse against Iran and Russia by Israel and the US.

[-] Aux 0 points 4 weeks ago

But there won't be any nuclear response.

[-] [email protected] 21 points 4 weeks ago

Yes we've had proxy war. But what about second proxy war? And elevenses?

[-] ButtermilkBiscuit 20 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

The same SU 35s getting shot down over Ukraine? Or are these the even worse export versions? Lol, it won't matter.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 weeks ago

I think they fished a couple out of the black sea and dried them out with stolen air hairdryers.

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[-] eran_morad 9 points 4 weeks ago

Bruh. Why the fuck would anyone buy russian shit?

[-] avater 3 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

ah yes the new Axis of evil...Sovjets and Terrorists. So many downvotes, where is your problem comrades?

[-] [email protected] 1 points 4 weeks ago

Putin: "Yes! Yes! Fight for me"

[-] Rapidcreek 1 points 4 weeks ago

Pilots on the Eisenhower must be excited

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