I will have to agree with you on this one,. even on Defensetalk.com where i'm at a lot have said the same thing, Russian planes are very very good in aerodynamics, but they lack in Ele/avionics, but I feel that is going to change soon Russia is going to be lifting itself back in a decade or so, China might have to catch up to west and make effort, but Russia doesn't necessarily have to make huge efforts, everything is their but need money.I dont know wether I am right, But I have always felt That russians were ahead in AeroDynamics and Mechanical Engg while Americans were better off in Electronics, Avionics and Design.While the russians were still using the vaccum tubes, Americans started using the Microchips.
Adux the point that I was trying to make is this......Why would the west use a unsuccessful design as a basis for a modern fighter, When they have in the past successfully designed similar concept aircraft. Take a look at the BR1110 and BR1111 designs for Breguet or the VJ 101b by MesserschmittKeys
You didnt get my point, I am not comparing Yak-38 to F-35, There 2-4 decade between them,The most importan part of the F-35 STOVL is its engine layout, nozzle movements. Which it has made true and exact copy of the YAK-38, The main engine after burner turning 90 degrees down, noozeles of under the wing and the mainly the turbo fan in the center with its open/close door
Adux the point that I was trying to make is this......Why would the west use a unsuccessful design as a basis for a modern fighter, When they have in the past successfully designed similar concept aircraft. Take a look at the BR1110 and BR1111 designs for Breguet or the VJ 101b by Messerschmitt
Also your point regarding the west stealing ideas strikes me as being a bit odd as it is known to be a historical point that the Russian stole a lot of designs and tried to make copies of them. For example the Mig 15's engine (rolls royce engine) the Su-24 (copy of the f-111). the Inovation only came as a counter to existing western designs. (The Mig29 and Su-27 were to counter designs such as the f-15. The Mig25 was to counter the XB-70).Essentially Russian design is still lagging because they don't have the huge budgets required to push into research for projects like the f-22