Sukhoi Su-27, RIAT 2017 ©Nigel Key
20 May 1977.
The SU-27, known as the flanker, is a Soviet twin-engine multirole fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi Aviation.
It was designed to be competitive with the United States fighters of the time such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle.
The SU-27 design is similar to the MiG-29 but larger. The wings blend into the fuselage and are basically a mix of a cropped delta and swept wing. The SU-27 also has a tailed delta wing complete with horizontal tail planes.
The SU-27 was the Soviet Union’s first fly-by-wire controlled aircraft, combined with low wing loading it makes for an exceptionally agile aircraft.
The SU-27 is equipped with Pulse-Doppler radar and an infrared search and track system with a 50 – 62 mile (100 km) range.
The Sukhoi SU-27 was produced from 1982, with 680 built.
2 x Saturn AL-31F turbofans, producing 33,820 lbf.
(55,200 lbf with after-burner)
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1 x 30mm autocannon
9,770 lb (4,430 kg) Rocket/Missile/Bomb load
The Sukhoi Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1985; the primary role was long range air defence against the United States.
Its main role was air defence against the United States Strategic Air Command B-1B and B-52 bombers and protecting the coast from aircraft carriers.
The SU-27 also flew long range fighter escort for Soviet heavy bombers such as the Tu-95 "Bear", Tu-22M "Backfire" and Tu-160 "Blackjack".
|Crew - 1 or 2|
|Length - 72ft 0in (21.9m)|
|Wingspan - 48ft 3in (14.7m)|
|Height - 19ft 6in (5.92m)|
|Empty Weight - 36,100lb (16,380kg)|
|Max. Weight - 67,100lb (30,450kg)|
|Max. Speed - 1,550mph (2,500 km/h)|
|Range - 2,070 miles (3,530 km)|