Su-30 MKI is One of the most Advanced Flanker version in the world today and it was designed & developed by Russia . Su-30MKI serves Indian Air Force as a Heavy Air-Superiority fighter and it can also be used in Ground strikes thanks to its recent integration with BrahMos – the fastest cruise missile in the world !
F-16 is a legendary Multi-role fighter of US origin which is also being used by Pakistan Air Force . Currently the most advanced F-16 variant used by PAF is Block C/D .
Lets see how these two highly capable fighters stacks up against eachother !
M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel cannon with 500 rounds
Up to six air-to-air missiles
Conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions
Electronic countermeasure pods
Sukhoi 30MKI :
Built-in singlebarrel 30-mm
GSh-301 gun (150 rounds)
Up to 6 air-to-air missiles
Up to 6 guided air-tosurface missiles
Up to 6 laser guided bombs
Up to 8,500-kg cluster bombs
Up to 80 unguided rockets
Payloads up to 8,000 kg
Fighter Type :
F-16 : Multirole combat fighter aircraft
Su-30MKI: Air Superiority Super maneuverable fighter aircraft
F-16: Mach 2
Su-30MKI: Mach 2
Maximum take-off weight
F-16: 21,772 kg
Su-30MKI: 38,800 kg
Max cruise altitude
F-16: 50,000 ft
Su-30MKI: 56,800 ft
F-16: 3,000 + km
Su-30MKI: 3,000 + km
BVR & WVR
Both fighters are capable of BVR & WVR combat .
Both fighters are very Agile and Excellent Dog-fighters .
While F-16 is very much Lighter and has better Speed , Su-30MKI is equipped with TVC (Thrust-Vectoring Control )engines which means its ITR (Instantaneous Turn Rate ) can be EXTREME !! Superior Agility and Aerodynamic performance of SU-30MKI easily compensates for its Bigger size than F-16 .
F-16 Block 70/72 is the latest version of F-16 . However , Pakistan’s request to buy 8 more F-16s was recently declined by US ,so probability of Pakistan using latest F-16 Block 70 in future is very low !
On the other hand , US is very much interested in selling F-16 Block 70/72 to India and currently India is reviewing that proposal and in future we can hear some more updates in this regard .
SU-30MKI will be upgraded to ‘Super Sukhoi’ standard which will be much more advanced than the current Su-30MKI version .The specifications of ‘Super Sukhoi’ are still in negotiation phase ongoing between India & Russia .
We will try to expand our comparison criteria in future posts . We hope you have enjoyed this Comparison !