Sukhoi Su-27

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The Su-27 Flanker is a Soviet/Russian single-seat fighter aircraft made by Sukhoi. It first flew in 20 May 1977, and was introduced in 23 August 1990.[1] It was first made by the Soviet Union as a fighter, but now it is in the Russian Air Force. It can hold up to 10 guided Air-to-Air medium-range R-27E or short-range R-73 or unguided Air-to-Ground missiles, unguided bombs and a GSh-301 30mm cannon with 150 bullets. [2] [3] [4] [5] It is equipped with two AL-31F turbofan engines, a multi-purpose onboard search and track radar, an optical infrared search and track station with a laser rangefinder linked to pilot's helmet-mounted target designator and with a wide-angle HUD. [6]

The Su-27 was made to pair with the MiG-29 Fulcrum, but in the Eritrean-Ethiopian War, Ethiopian Su-27s shot down 5 Eritrean MiG-29s [7]. It was also supposed to fight American fighters like the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. There are the prototype versions T10 Flanker-A and T10S, the version S Flanker-B for the Russian Air Force, the interceptor version P Flanker-B without Air-to-Ground weapons for the Russian Air Force, the two-seat trainer version UB Flanker-C for the Russian Air Force, the export versions SK and UBK, the upgraded export versions SKM and UBM. [8] [9] There are fighters similar to the Su-27, like the Su-33 Flanker-D and the Su-30 Flanker-C .

The Su-27 is still in service with the Russian Air Force and others. Russian Air Force has hundreds of aircraft. Half the fleet -about 100 fighters- has been modernized in the SM version from 2004 to 2012. [10] [11] [12] [13] The SM version has improved avionics, guided Air-to-Ground missiles and guided bombs and a “glass” cockpit. [14] Russian Air Force received 12 newly built modernized SM3 aircraft in 2011. [15]

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  1. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/history/
  2. http://www.planeace.com/su-27
  3. http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=71
  4. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/arms/
  5. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/history/
  6. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/history/ http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/lth/
  7. http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_192.shtml
  8. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/
  9. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su27sk/history/
  10. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/news/company/arch/index.php?id=856
  11. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/news/company/arch/index.php?id=3011
  12. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-271651697/russian-far-east-air.html
  13. http://www.armstrade.org/includes/periodics/news/2012/0313/100511974/detail.shtml
  14. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/news/company/?id=4945
  15. http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/news/company/arch/index.php?id=4596