Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA6404 Su-33 Flanker D Bort 88, Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov ,
near Syrian coast, 2016

In 1985 the approval was given for a naval variant of the Su-27 that would provide air superiority for its aircraft carriers. The new aircraft was designated Su-27 (K = Korabelny, Ship Borne) with a factory designation of T-10K which would later become Su-33, NATO Flanker D. Canards were added, strengthened frame and landing gear with a two-wheel nose gear. The drag chute was removed, a retractable tail hook added and wings, horizontal stabilizers and nose cone were made to fold. A retractable in-flight refueling probe was included on the port side.

Mid October 2016 the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and seven other Russian vessels left for the Syrian coast. On November 15 2016 the carrier and its ten Su-33 and four MiG-29KR/KUBR aircraft took part in a large operation against ISIS in the Homs area using 500 pound bombs. Admiral Kuznetsov returned to its home port of Severomorsk in February 2017. During the deployment Su-33 67 Red was lost due to arrestor cable failure. One of the other nine Su-33s was 88 Red.

Specifications for Sukhoi Su-27K (Su-33) Navy Flanker
Crew – 1
Dimensions
Length – 21.185 m (69 ft 6 in) Wingspan – 14.7 m (48 ft 2 in) Height – 5.72 m (18 ft 9 in)
Weight
Empty – 18,400 kg (40,564 lb) Maximum Take-off – 33,000 kg (72,752 lb) Performance
Power Plants – 2 X 125.5 kN (28,200 lb st) Saturn Lyul’ka AL-31F3 Afterburning Turbofans Thrust – 12,500 kg Each Engine Speed Maximum @ 11,000 m (36,000 ft) - Mach 2.165 / 2,300 km/h (1,430 mph) Maximum @ Sea Level – Mach 1.06 / 1,300 km/h (807 mph) Service Ceiling – 17,000 m (55,780 ft) Maximum Range – 3,000 km (1,864 mi)
Armament
Internal Gun – 1 X GSh-301, 30mm Cannon 150 Rounds
Twelve External Hardpoints - Maximum 8,000 kg (17,650 lb) R-27 Medium-To-Long-Range AAM / NATO A-10 Alamo R-60 Short-Range Lightweight Infrared Homing AAM / NATO AA-8 Aphid R-73 Short-Range AAM / NATO A-11 Archer R-77 – Medium-Range, Active Radar Homing AAM / NATO A-12 Adder, Exported Version RVV-AE
Air-To-Surface Missiles
Anti-Ship - Kh-31A / Kh-41 Anti-Radiation – Kh-25MP / Kh-31P
Guided bombs Freefall Bombs Cluster Bombs
Unguided Rockets S-8KOM/BM/OM S-13T/OF S-25OFM-PU Launched From O-25 Pods That Can Hold One Rocket.
External Fuel Tanks