Sorry to sound stupid. But whats a VLO treatment and DACT exercises?Having a gunport means it's intended to have a gun. If it's not a dogfighter, what do you propose it do when confronted by an enemy stealth fighter where BVR is useless?
What about it makes it look that way to you?
Getting the full VLO treatment essentially means the thing has to be redesigned top to bottom. Before being a beast of an anything, it should get this fixed
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Why should China do this free advertisement for Russia? What's in it for China beyond getting a 5th gen in name only fighter that's going to be problematic synching with the rest of the fleet?
What's the Su-35 been doing beyond getting its teeth punched down its throat in Chinese DACT exercises?
India is geostrategically irrelevant and a second spent thinking about what it will do in the present or future is a second wasted.