Su-30MK versus Mirage 2000: Capability Analysis
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Su-30MK versus Mirage 2000: Capability Analysis
Su-30MK versus Mirage 2000: Capability Analysis

Indian Aviation

By Alexander Ouev and Anatoloy Shamin

Technical capabilities apart, the Russian-made Su-30MK and French Mirage 2000-5 have a lot that is uncommon. In their race to claim superiority we present the Russian viewpoint.

EXPORT contracts for armaments and military hardware are almost invariably subject to fierce competition among manufacturers from various countries. The Sukhoi Su-30MK contract for India is one such example one Western publications have recently featured biased reviews, which criticized the combat capabilities of Russian tactical aircraft and highly rated those of modern European fighters.

We present here the Su-30MK fighter and its major competitor on the Asian armament market - the Mirage 2000 - and analyze their combat capabilities from a purely technical point of view. Also, we seek to identify the connection between aircraft flight performance and technical characteristics on the one hand and aircraft tactical capabilities, on the other. Aircraft technical characteristics, its flight performance and tactical capabilities are primarily determined by a design concept, which develops from specified aircraft roles, task and mission environment. One can see here the principal difference between the Su-30MK and Mirage 2000.

The Su-30MK concept envisaged the maximum retention of its features of its forefathers - the Su-27 air-superiority fighter with a focus on the significant buildup of multi-role capabilities. This aircraft belongs to the so-called heavy-class fighters. Its main feature is a capability for autonomous employment, i.e. the execution of interception or ground attack missions, including deep penetration strike missions without targeting information from ground-based control systems.

The Mirage 2000 is a light class fighter intended mostly for air-defense mission with use of information delivered mainly from ground-based control systems. The latest Mirage 2000-5, a more potent version compared to the basic design is now aggressively being marketed internationally. These French aircraft considerably yield to the Su-30MK when performing combat actions at long ranges from home airfields due to relatively low capabilities of onboard systems for autonomous missions.

Consequently, the comparative analysis of these two fighters is basically theoretical, as they conceptually belong to different classes and have their own preferential areas of tactical employment. The latter factor is specifically considered by potential buyers choosing aircraft to meet their requirements. However, there are a number of objective factors, which can be used to compare these aircraft and rate their technological perfection, aircraft performances, and the characteristics of avionics and armament suites. (...)

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RE: Su-30MK versus Mirage 2000: Capability Analysis
How are those two even comparable? On one side we have a twin-engine aircraft and on the other a single engine one, difference between max takeoff weight is huge (payload?), range of Su-30 is almost double than that of Mirage etc. etc. Both birds are excellent imho but for, let's say, India, that has a huge territory to cover, a twin engine aircraft is a must. I wouldn't mind seeing Mirage 2000 over Croatian skies with Croatian roundels though. Big Grin
If I was to compare Su-30 to another plane it would be Dassault Rafale, a more modern aircraft though, but with similar capabilities.
2012 May 31 14:25
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Actually these two fighters MUST be compared since they are adveraries in the skies over Asia. Taiwanese Mirage 2000s often enough scrambled in order to intercept PLAAF Suchois; India, also a Mirage 2000 user, is a rival of the PRC too (but ironically uses Suchois as well).

(Taiwan)
[Image: dassaultmirage20005taiw.jpg]

[Image: dassaultmirage2000taiwa.jpg]

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(India)
[Image: dassaultmirage2000india.jpg]

[Image: dassaultmirage2000iaf1.jpg]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenyang_J-11

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"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage."
Thucydides

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
2012 Jun 03 18:21
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