Sukhoi Su-27

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A Russian Air Force Su-27SM3 in flight.

The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27) (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermanoeuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth generation fighters, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy armament, sophisticated avionics and high manoeuvrability. The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions, but is able to perform almost all combat operations. Complementing the smaller MiG-29, the Su-27's closest US counterparts are the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle. The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1985.

There are several related developments of the Su-27 design. The Su-30 is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions. The Su-33 ‘Flanker-D’ is a navy fleet defence interceptor for use on aircraft carriers. Further versions include the side-by-side 2-seat Su-34 ‘Fullback’ strike variant and the Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ improved air defence fighter. The People's Republic of China also operates the Shenyang J-11 which is heavily based on the Su-27.

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  • Angola
    • Angolan Air Force
  • Belarus
    • Belarusian Air Force
  • People's Republic of China
    • People's Liberation Army Air Force
  • Eritrea
    • Eritrean Air Force
  • Ethiopia
    • Ethiopian Air Force
  • Indonesia
    • Indonesian Air Force
  • Kazakhstan
    • Kazakh Air Force
  • Mongolia
    • Mongolian Air Force
  • Russia
    • Russian Air Force
    • Russian Naval Aviation
  • Ukraine
    • Ukrainian Air Force
  • Uzbekistan
    • Uzbekistan Air Force
  • Vietnam
    • Vietnam People's Air Force

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