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HA6001 Su-27 Flanker B (Early Type) Red 36, Russian Air Force, Barents Sea, 1987

The Su-27S (NATO reporting name – Flanker) is a single-seat highly-maneuverable fighter aircraft built by Sukhoi Design Bureau as the Soviet response to the U.S. F-14 and F-15 and entered service in 1985. The primary role of the Su-27 was to provide defense against American bombers, USN ships and provide Soviet bomber escorts. There have been many improvements over the years resulting in numerous variants of the Su-27. The export variant, the Su-27SK was sold to China and eventually developed into the license-built Shenyang J-11.

On September 13, 1987 Su-27 Flanker B (early Type) Red 36 from the 941st IAP V-PVO piloted by Senior Lieutenant Vassily Tsimbal intercepted the Norwegian P-3 Orion “602” flown by Lt. Salvesen and 9 crewmembers off the Kola Peninsula. Red 36 made three passes, each one bringing the two aircraft closer until the third encounter caused the Su-27’s vertical stabilizer to hit the P-3 propeller tearing the Su-27 stabilizer tip off and sending a piece of the P-3 propeller into “602” causing decompression. Remarkably both aircraft safely returned to their bases.

Specifications Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker B
Aircraft Type Su-27S Su-27SK (Export Version)
Manufacturer Sukhoi OKB Sukhoi OKB
Role Multi-role Air Superiority Fighter Multi-role Air Superiority Fighter
Crew 1
Dimensions
Maximum Length 21.935 m (71.96 ft) 21.935 m (71.96 ft) Wingspan 14.7 m (48.2 ft) 14.7 m (48.2 ft) Height 5.932 m (19.45 ft) 5.932 m (19.45 ft)
Weights
Empty 16,300 kg (35,935 lbs) 16,870 kg (37,192 lbs) Normal Takeoff 23,000 kg (50,706 lbs) 23,430 kg (51,654 lbs) Maximum Takeoff 28,000 kg (61,730 lbs) 30,450 kg (67,100 lbs)
Performance
Engines 2 X Saturn/Lyul'ka AL-31F afterburning turbofans 2 X Saturn/Lyul'ka AL-31F afterburning turbofans Dry Thrust Per Engine 75.22 kN (16,910 lbf) 75.22 kN (16,910 lbf) Afterburner Thrust Per Engine 122.6 kN (27,560 lbf) 122.6 kN (27,560 lbf) Fuel Capacity 11,975 l (3,163 U.S. Gallons) 11,975 l (3,163 U.S. Gallons) Maximum Speed @ Altitude 2,500 km/h (1,553.43 mph) 2,500 km/h (1,553.43 mph) Maximum Speed @ Sea Level 1,400 km/h (870 mph) 1,400 km/h (870 mph) Maximum Mach 2.35 2.35 Service Ceiling 18,500 m (60,696 ft) 18,500 m (60,696 ft) Range @ High Altitude 3,900 km (2,423 miles) 3,680 km (2,286 miles) Range @ Sea Level 1,400 km (870 miles) 1,370 km (851 miles) Maximum G-Load .9 .9 Takeoff Run 650 m (2,132 ft) 450 m (1,476 ft)
Armament
Gun 1 X 30 mm GSh-301 Cannon with 149 Rounds 1 X 30 mm GSh-301 Cannon with 149 Rounds Hardpoints 8 X External Plus 2 X Wingtip Rails 10 X Maximum Capacity 4,430 kg (9,770 lbs) Missiles Air-To-Air R-60/AA-8 Aphid, R-27/AA-10 Alamo,R-73/AA-11 Archer, R-33/AA-9 Amos 6 × R-27R/RE/T/TE/EP/P 2 × R-73E
Air-To-Ground NONE NONE Bombs Dumb, Cluster RBK-250 RBK-500 Pods Rocket and ECM NONE