Mike wrote:Well given the alternate timeline, it's not like the DDR MiG-29 is too far out there.
Soviet Union had no intention of giving controlled states anything equal to Soviet-grade jets with nuclear and R-77 capability. Soviet specifically built the Fulcrum-A to be given to Warsaw Pact states and other allies for rudimentary self defense. Soviet was going to keep all the best Mig-29, Su-27, and Mig-31 for their own pilots. Fulcrum-C wasn't exported until the Soviet Union fell and Russia had to cash in on the jets which were just laying around in hangars. They even sold 14 nuclear and R-77 capable Mig-29S to the USA in the mid 90s. As long as the Soviet Union stands, as in the alternate timeline, Soviet is not giving any state equal equipment. There's a better case for an F-22 than a DDR Mig-29S in the alternate timeline.**For complete historical authenticity and not balance
And I thought the Su-27PU is a test plane whuch led to the Su-30.
That's correct, which is why the Su-27PU reflected in game never had an IOC. Su-27PU was a dedicated fighter/interceptor designed for strategic mainland Soviet air defense, to fly as a "leader" and coordinate with other Su-27s and Mig-31s. A few were built, role was never realized, then the program switched to Su-30 which was mainly an export multirole.