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HA6006 Su-27 Flanker B Red 93, Russian Navy Baltic Fleet, June 2017

The Su-27 (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.

June 19, 2017 a Su-27 Flanker Red 93 did an intercept on a USAF RC-135U. This maneuver was conducted at high speed and closed to within twenty feet of the RC-135U deeming it to be very unsafe for both aircraft. Red 93 was manufactured with c/n 36911031105 and given serial RF-33749. Su-27 Flanker B Red 93 wears the markings of the VMF Rossia (VMF – Volga Military Fleet) indicating it is a naval aircraft. The waving-red-banner is a Guard badge indicating an elite status unit as far back as Tsarist times.

Aircraft Type Su-27
Manufacturer Sukhoi OKB
Role Multi-role Air Superiority Fighter
Crew 1
Dimensions
Maximum Length 21.935 m (71.96 ft) Wingspan 14.7 m (48.2 ft) Height 5.932 m (19.45 ft)
Weights
Empty 16,300 kg (35,935 lbs) Normal Takeoff 23,000 kg (50,706 lbs) Maximum Takeoff 28,000 kg (61,730 lbs)
Performance
Engines 2 X Saturn/Lyul'ka AL-31F afterburning turbofans Dry Thrust Per Engine 75.22 kN (16,910 lbf) Afterburner Thrust Per Engine 122.6 kN (27,560 lbf) Fuel Capacity 11,975 l (3,163 U.S. Gallons) Maximum Speed @ Altitude 2,500 km/h (1,553.43 mph) Maximum Speed @ Sea Level 1,400 km/h (870 mph) Maximum Mach 2.35 Service Ceiling 18,500 m (60,696 ft) Range @ High Altitude 3,900 km (2,423 miles) Range @ Sea Level 1,400 km (870 miles) Maximum G-Load .9 Takeoff Run 650 m (2,132 ft)
Armament
Gun 1 X 30 mm GSh-301 Cannon with 149 Rounds Hardpoints 8 X External Plus 2 X Wingtip Rails Missiles Air-To-Air R-60/AA-8 Aphid, R-27/AA-10 Alamo,R-73/AA-11 Archer, R-33/AA-9 Amos Air-To-Ground NONE Bombs Dumb, Cluster Pods Rocket and ECM