American: “Your T-50 has its engines exposed, naked. I can see you from behind.”
Russian: “But, you don’t see me coming.”
American: “You can’t see me coming, either.”
Russian: “I fly better than you and can take you down every time. When will you see me from behind? When you are already dead?”
American: “Is that why you are naked from behind?”
Russian: “It’s totally worth it.”
American: “What if I add vector and thrust?”
Russian: “You will be too expensive that we will always outnumber you by 3 times. It’s not worth it.”
American, a little upset with overly serious Russians: “We’ll see.”
Russian: “Nozzles don’t turn very fast. Don’t bother. We’ll see about thrust.”
Russian fighter jets are indeed better, but always late by 10-20 years, leaving a vulnerable gap before production but securing a high ground after that. Is it the right thing to do? Well, it doesn’t matter really. For both the U.S. and Russia, it’s the nuclear high ground that actually counts. Fighter jets are designed to make money only, from regional conflicts. Making money makes sense.
Russia sells its fighter jets to everyone, without restriction. Should you buy them? Well, it depends on how high the final T-50 can fly, because it’s naked from above, too.