Flanker, Soviet Union - 1977
Su-27 is the first aircraft to carry Su-17 designation. Designed
in the late 1960s as a high performance fighter with a
fly-by-wire control system, and with the ability to carry up to
10 AAMs, the highly maneuverable Su-27 was one of the most
opposing fighters ever built at the time. The combination
of the advanced radar, formidable armament, fast speed, high
rate of climb, outstanding operating range and sophisticated
on-board equipment makes the Su-27 a highly-effective means of
the air defence, able to bring down virtually everything that
flies, from supersonic high-altitude spy planes to small-sized
cruise missiles flying close to the ground surface.
The first 'Flanker-A' prototypes flew
on May 20, 1977 and entered service as the 'Flanker-B' in
1984. It has since seen a number of aerodynamic changes
and today exists in a variety of forms. The Su-27IB, or
Su-34 designation, is a long range attack variant with
side-by-side seating for two. The Su-27UB 'Flanker-C', or Su-30
designation, is a tandem two-seat long range interceptor and
trainer. A navy version called the Su-27K 'Flanker-D',
designated Su-33, was designed in 1992 for deployment on Russian
aircraft carriers. It has folded wings, retractable flight
refueling probe, arrester hook, strengthened landing gear, and
moving canard foreplanes.
Next generation 'Flanker'
derivatives include the Su-35 and the thrust-vector controlled
Su-37, both vastly more enhanced then the Su-27, with canard
foreplanes and the ability to carry up to 11 and 14 external
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