“The fighter was the most efficient vehicle, but did not perform a number of basic functions,” experts say.
American military expert Mark Episkopos tried to understand the reasons for the refusal of the Russian fighter jet by the military from India and China.
In the early 2000s, the Su-33 was one of the most efficient fighters of the Russian military aviation. They chalk many characteristics that helped him gain air superiority. However, its characteristics were not enough to confront representatives of Russian fighter aviation in a fierce competitive battle.
By the end of the 70s of the last century, there was a need in the USSR Ministry of Defense to develop a carrier-based version of a promising fighter. After a while, the Su-27K appeared, in the name of which the letter K meant “ship”. For the first time in the history of the USSR, it took off and landed on the aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”.