The Berkut started off as a prototype for many further Russian fighter designs. However, the general ineffectiveness of the actual production units forced Russia to adopt the Su-47 Berkut design as the production unit. Although having reservations at first at the effectiveness of a prototypical plane working at the frontlines, many commanders then praised the Berkut for its ability to destroy their objectives and return to the base in one whole piece, more or less. Having a relaxed stability system, it could do extreme evasive maneuvers that could easily mean life or death for a Berkut pilot.
Battle of Ramsgate
In this expensive and grandiose battle, the Berkut's efficiency was truly tested along with General Aleksandr's advanced PAK FAs, and the ending result was horrible for both; both planes' attrition rates at Ramsgate were ghastly, some saying that Berkut attrition rates were at 60% of what was sent. Although this could not be attributed to the Berkut's shortcomings, rather from the chaos that happened when Aleksandr's units could not cooperate effectively with regular Air Force and VDV units.
|The Berkut performs evasive maneuvers which allows it to evade incoming enemy missiles for 4 seconds. 14 seconds cooldown.|
As the main fighter jet of the Russian Federation, the Berkut has many features that are to be expected from an aircraft of its class: it is fast and highly manueverable. Unlike most other jets, the Berkut is equipped with both missiles and a machine gun. It's missiles exclusively targets aircraft and must be rearmed at the Airfield. Its machine gun can attack both ground and air targets, unlike its other weapon, it's machine gun can attack unlimitedly without the need to rearm. Its ground attack is effective against infantry if the need arises (but that role is best left to Hellions). It can also perform evasive maneuvers that can be enabled at will but will require a cooldown before another attempt. The plane will perform an aileron roll, allowing the Berkut to escape near-death situations.
The Berkut is very effective against enemy aircraft (both regular and support aircraft) and is able to take down a non-upgraded Raptor in a duel, but when it comes to heavily armored units it is definitely not as effective as the aforementioned USA aircraft. Despite its agility it still can easily fall prey to AA weapons, especially Gattling Cannons, which in numbers can easily decimate Berkut divisions. It also requires a General's Promotion to be constructed, making it not as readily available as the Raptor or the MiG.