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Well, it is what it is, because Propaganda and pilot performance should not be the main factors of ain aircraft.
The airplain was a flying tank which could bounce 20mm rounds on some parts of the aircraft, it wasnt perticularly better or worse, it was just a standard aircraft that was dificult to shoot down allowing it to keep flying and shooting compared to an aircraft that was shot down and unable to fight.
Russians fighters have always stood out as excellent, Initially much cheeper then NATO aircraft, but Russian aircraft are not built perfectly, to exact detail in comparison to American built aircraft. Parts sometimes can be a bit to big or a little to small forcing the assembly to improvise causing long term maintenence of the aircraft to become a financial burden over time.
This is why most airforces of the world would rather have NATO aircraft, but sometimes chose Russian aircraft because of Emediate money on hand and a need for X amount of aircraft and of course NATO's/or Russia's wilingness or unwillingness to sell to some country's.
Not to long ago, the Indians had to return some Mig-29's back to Russia because of this problem.
So whens the stable build coming? iv bin checking every few days for the last 2 months.
this is going to be an epic piece of work when it finally comes out.