From: Red China
I believe tactics have a lot to do with this - but that is a guess.
I would say both Tech spec and tactics impact the result. Technology part, as mentioned by Dimitris , makes a difference
AIM-7 will self destruct after lost guidance for more than 7s, so as soon the shooters lose the track, they are in trouble. In a very short period of time, their missile become useless.
R-27 does not self destruct in the middle of the flight, it will keep mid-course update then re-acquire target.
Tactics are also important, I am always advocate that coordinate attacks from two or even three different directions.
However, on the other hand, "no plan survives the first contact" as Moltke the Elder says. A complicate plan could falling apart, then it comes to the individual pilot decide the outcome of the battle.
Also, understanding what will happen in a 1vs1 scenario can help the player to realize what he/she is facing , then make a plan to avoid the problem.
Whoever shoots first in a SARH vs SARH battle is likely to be at a disadvantage as they will lose lock while they evade and their missiles are closer to the enemy, leaving them less time to re-acquire.
I disagree on this, that is different from common practice. If it is true then Mig-23 will be the best BVR fighter because of it's short BVR range
F-18 vs Mig-29 is OK,
right now F-18 also need a lot of tactics , planning and micromanagement. If you totally leave F-18s to AI, then they will get in trouble in the face of Mig-29. Like I mentioned, in CMO quick battle Iraq 91. if you setup a air battle mission then let AI handle your flight. 80% of the time your F-18s will be eliminated by Mig-29.
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