Russia now has #1 fighter plane in the world..... SU-30- Vectored
thrust with Canards.
As you watch this airplane, look at the canards moving along side of,
and just below the canopy rail.
The "canards" are the Small wings forward of the main wings.? The
smoke and contrails provide a sense of the actual flight path,
sometimes in reverse direction. This video is of an in-flight
demonstration flown by the Russian's-30MK fighter aircraft.
You will not believe what you are about to see.
The fighter can stall from high speed, stopping forward motion in
seconds. (full stall). Then it demonstrates an ability to descend tail
first without causing a compressor stall. It can also recover from a
flat spin in less than a minute. These maneuver capabilities don't
exist in any other aircraft in the world today. Take a look at the
video with the sound up.
This aircraft is of concern to U.S. and NATO planners. We don't know
which nations will soon be flying the SU-30MK, hopefully China isn't
one of them.....
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Note: Friends worked with
advanced aircraft flight control systems and concepts for many years
as an extension of stability control and means of control. Canards
and vectored thrust were among many concepts examined to extend our
fighter aircraft performance.
Neither our current or next generation aircraft now poised for funding
and production can in any way match the performance of this Russian
aircraft NOW FLYING in any near combat situation. Somehow the
bankrupt Russian aircraft industry has out produced our complex
politically tainted aerospace industry with this technology marvel.
Scratch any ideas of close-in air-to-air combat with this aircraft in