The possession of a combat-ready air force requires colossal costs from the state, which not every country can master.
Any country that intends to build its own air force must have a strong economic foundation, otherwise it will not be able to maintain its military Aviation
- indicated in the Chinese press.
At the same time, it is noted that fighters are the main platform of the Air Force. The PRC tried to list the factors affecting the cost of their flight.
First, it is necessary to take into account the fuel consumption, which is influenced by the mass of the fighter's fuselage and the weight of the ammunition; flight mode (at cruising speed, kerosene consumption is lower in contrast to tactical maneuvering); engine model (the increase in consumption is directly proportional to the power of the power plant); pilot skill.
The Su-27 is indicated as an example. The total mass of fuel in the aircraft is 9,7 tons. At the same time, the specific gravity of aviation kerosene is 0,85, which ultimately gives a fuel volume of 11 liters.
During a normal flight of the Su-27 in cruise mode, excluding maneuvering, the fuel consumption per hour is 3 liters, its flight time is three hours.
- notes the author, who calculated that with a jet fuel price of 6 yuan per ton [500 thousand rubles], an hour of flight on a fighter costs 75 yuan [63 thousand rubles]: "and this is the most economical state." ...
If we take into account the takeoff and the tactical actions of the pilot, then the fuel consumption increases at least three times, equal to approximately 200 yuan per hour [000 million rubles.].
Air Force is not a luxury for everyone
The average country simply cannot afford an Air Force at this price and this level of consumption.
- thinks the observer.
However, this is far from the main financial problem. It is necessary to design and manufacture the machines by yourself. It is easier to buy ready-made fighters abroad, having paid “only” tens of millions of dollars for each aircraft. Moreover, the price of one unit can reach hundreds of millions. After solving the problem with the purchase of equipment, it is necessary to invest in its maintenance, maintenance of ground infrastructure and pilot training.
This money cannot be compared with the purchase of fighters [...] However, without its own air force, any country in the modern world is doomed to be plundered by other states
- the author considers.
For our part, we note that flights on the Su-27 are far from the pinnacle of expenses. As previously indicated on VO, the cost of an hour of flight on an F-35 fighter is estimated at $ 36 thousand (2,6 million rubles): and this despite the fact that it has not two engines, like the Su-27, but one.