How would the F-14 D with its much improved Thrust/weight ratio do
against the Su-27 or the F-15 C.The F-14 is still a great bvr
fighter,and with the D model it should do well in a dogfight
against the SU-27,since US navy pilots are among the best in the world.I
would like to hear other comments on this.
Most of the people here are very ignorant. F-14D Super Tomcat was developed in the 90s with modern avionics, the GE-F110 engines producing 60,000 lbsf of thrust and full electronic laser guided LANTRN, IRST pods. It was far more modern than the SU-27, which was developed in the 90s. The SU-30 or SU-35 would be a more fair comparison. Of course, this is from 1998. Internet was still new. F-14D had GE-F110 engines that produced 60,000 lbsf of thrust and it had variable geometry wings that allowed the wings to always be in the best position for maximum maneuverability and performance. F-14 was NOT limited to 6.5g. Geez! It was a NATOPS imposed limit for pilots to not exceed the 6.5 - 7.5g for longevity of the airframe. The plane regularly exceeded 9+ g and it is documented in Navy documnetation that the pilots were allowed to exceeed 9+ G in ACM combat training as long as there were checks after the ACM to ensure the airframe had no fatigue. The air show demo videos of F-14 prove how maneuverable it was. At 24 degree/seconds, almost nothing could out-turn F-14 at 400 - 450 knots (Mach 0.55 to Mach 0.6). Regarding SU-27 and its super maneuverability, you have to remember you trade energy for high AoA. Cobra maneuvers are great for airshows, but they do not in actual fights. That is why F-14 had a stellar combat record in combat training and real life combat for both USN and Iran. Iran had a 164:4 kill ratio with the F-14.
USN F-14s went against Luftwaffe MIG-29s, which were the best trained pilots in the west of the MIG-29 and absolutely had a field day against the MIG-29. Most of the Cobra maneuver fans would think MIG-29 would eat the F-14 for lunch in a close-end dogfight, but that is not what happened. It was a one-sided win for the F-14 because of the advantages F-14 has over the MIG-29 and how pilots exploited the weaknesses of the MIG-29.
Someone claiming F-14 was not fast LOL Are you kidding? It was faster than the SU-27 and could exceeed Mach 2.4 with relative ease. Those wings swept back gave it incredible accceleration capabilities. In the end, training is the biggest thing that would make the difference. Both planes have similar size, The F-14 has the thrust advantage and better thrust to weight ratio than the SU-27. SU-27 has better slow speed maneuverability. It depends on which pilot uses his strengths.
In a BVR fight, the powerful radar F-14 and ability to see more than 100 miles out had and the ability to shoot such long range, F-14 would see the SU-27 way before the SU-27 does the F-14. F-14 would get the first shot at the SU-27 way before the SU-27 gets at the F-14.