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November 14, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | , | Leave a comment

Sukhoi Su-25


Russian Air Force Su-25T

Role Close air support aircraft [1]
Manufacturer Sukhoi Design Bureau
First flight 22 February 1975 (T8)
Introduced 1981
Status Active service
Primary users Soviet Air Force
Russian Air Force
Ukrainian Air Force
Peruvian Air Force
Number built 1,024
Unit cost US$11 million[1]
Variants Sukhoi Su-28

The Sukhoi Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft went into series production in 1978 at Tbilisi in the Soviet Republic of Georgia. NATO assigned the new aircraft the reporting name “Frogfoot”.

Early variants included the Su-25UB two-seat trainer, the Su-25BM for target-towing, and the Su-25K for export customers. Upgraded variants developed by Sukhoi include the Su-25T and the further improved Su-25TM (also known as Su-39). By year 2007, the Su-25 is the only armoured airplane still in production except the Su-34 whose production just started.[1] It is currently in service with Russia and various other CIS states as well as export customers.

During its more than twenty-five years in service, the Su-25 has seen combat with several air forces. It was heavily involved in the Soviet war in Afghanistan, flying counter-insurgency missions against the Mujahideen. The Iraqi Air Force employed Su-25s against Iran during the 1980–89 Iran–Iraq War. Most of them were later destroyed or fled to Iran in the 1991 Gulf War. In 1993, Abkhazian separatists used Su-25s against Georgians during Abkhazian War.[2] Eight years later, the Macedonian Air Force employed Su-25s against Albanian insurgents in the 2001 Macedonia conflict, and in 2008 Georgia and Russia were both reported to be using Su-25s in the 2008 South Ossetia War.[3]

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | , | Leave a comment

Sukhoi Su-24

Role Attack aircraft
Manufacturers Sukhoi
First flight 2 July 1967
Introduced 1974
Status Active service
Primary users Russian Air Force
Ukrainian Air Force
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Number built Approximately 1400
Unit cost US$24-25 million in 1997[1]

The Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name Fencer) was the Soviet Union‘s most advanced all-weather interdiction and attack aircraft in the 1970s and 1980s. The two-seat, twin-engined aircraft carried the USSR’s first integrated digital nav/attack system. In many aspects, the Su-24’s configuration is similar to that of the F-111. It remains in service with former Soviet air forces and various export nations.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment

Sukhoi Su-33


An Su-33 on board Admiral Kuznetsov.

Role Multirole fighter
Manufacturer Sukhoi
First flight May 1985
Introduction 1994
Status Operational
Primary user Russian Naval Aviation
Number built 24+
Developed from Sukhoi Su-27

The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name ‘Flanker-D’) is a carrier-based multi-role fighter aircraft produced by Russian firm Sukhoi beginning in 1982. It is a derivative of the Su-27 ‘Flanker’ and was initially known as the Su-27K. The main differences from the Su-27 are that the Su-33 can operate from aircraft carriers and is capable of aerial refueling.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | , | Leave a comment

Sokhoi Su-34


Su-34 landing

Role Fighter-bomber
Manufacturer Sukhoi
First flight 13 April 1990
Introduced 4 January 2007[1]
Status In production/in service
Primary user Russian Air Force
Produced 2007-current
Number built ~10 with 5-10 more in 2008[2]
Unit cost US$36 million (1997)[3]
Developed from Sukhoi Su-27

The Sukhoi Su-34 (export designation Su-32, NATO reporting name Fullback) is an advanced Russian 2-seat fighter-bomber and strike aircraft. It is intended to eventually replace the Sukhoi Su-24.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | , | Leave a comment

Sukhoi Su-27


Su-27UB of the Russian Knights aerobatic team

Role Air superiority fighter
Manufacturer Sukhoi Design Bureau
First flight 20 May 1977
Introduced December 1984
Status In production/in service
Primary users Russian Air Force
Chinese Air Force
Ukrainian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Produced 1984-current
Number built 680
Unit cost US$35 million
Variants Su-30
Shenyang J-11

The Sukhoi Su-27 (Су-27 in the Cyrillic alphabet) (NATO reporting nameFlanker’) is a jet fighter plane originally manufactured by the Soviet Union, and designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was intended as a direct competitor for the new generation of American fighters (which emerged as the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F/A-18 Hornet), with long range, heavy armament, and very high agility. The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions, but is able to perform almost all combat operations. Its closest American counterpart is the F-15 Eagle.

From the Su-27 design came several related developments. The Su-33 ‘Flanker-D’ is a Fleet Defense Interceptor that was developed from the Su-27 design for use on aircraft carriers. The main differences include a tail hook and canards. The Su-30 is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and deep interdiction missions. Further versions include the Su-34 ‘Fullback’ strike variant and the Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ improved air defense fighter.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment

J-21 Jastreb

J-21 Jastreb

J-21 Jastreb

Role Ground-attack and reconnaissance
Manufacturer SOKO
First flight May 1961
Status Active service with Libya
Primary users SFR Yugoslav Air Force
Libyan Air Force
Produced 1964-1985
Developed from G-2 Galeb

The Soko J-21 Jastreb was a single-seat attack/reconnaissance aircraft designed in Yugoslavia in the 1960s. It is closely related to the similar 2-seat G-2 Galeb basic / advanced jet trainer, light attack aircraft. The aircraft were built by SOKO, in Mostar (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina), until the 1980s. They were used by the SFR Yugoslav Air Force until its demise in 1991; remaining aircraft were passed on to the newer air forces of the Republika Srpska and the FR Yugoslavia and Krajina

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment

YF-23 Black Widow II

YF-23 Black Widow II

F-23 Black and White

F-23 Black and White

Two YF-23 prototypes were designed and built by the contractor team of Northrop and McDonnell Douglas as part of the demonstration and evaluation phase of the US Air Force’s Advanced Tactical Fighter selection program, which concluded in 1990. According to the Air Force, factors in the selection for production of the F-22 were a better designed for maintainability, greater potential for future development, and slightly lower cost. A popular view is that the decision reflected a preference for maneuverability over stealth, and it is universally held that the YF-23 was by far the better looking aircraft.

During the ATF program, one YF-23 was powered by twin Pratt and Whitney YF119 turbofan engines, while two General Electric YF120 turbofan engines were installed in the other prototype. Featuring a diamond-shaped planform, two large, sharply-canted ruddervators, and a serrated aft profile, the high performance aircraft was larger than the F-15 it was designed to replace. The YF-23 employed stealth characteristics and was capable of supersonic cruise flight without afterburner.



Contractor Northrop / McDonnell Douglas
Mission Competitor, along with YF-22, in the ATF competition
Length 67 feet, 5 inches (20.6 meters)
Wing span 43 feet, 7 inches (13.3 meters)
Height 13 feet, 11 inches (4.3 meters)
Maximum takeoff weight 64,000 pounds (29,029 kilograms)
Propulsion 2 Pratt and Whitney YF119 turbofan engines, or
2 General Electric YF120 turbofan engines
Speed Mach 2
Range 865-920 miles (750-800 nautical miles) unrefuelled
-Armament 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder – internal bays in engine intake duct sides
4 AIM-120 AMRAAM – internal bays underneath air intakes
Crew One
Unit Cost Unknown
Inventory Two:  1 on display at Western Museum of Flight, in Hawthorne, California          1 on display at USAF Museum USAF Test Center Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, California  

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | , , | Leave a comment

F-111 Aardvark

F-111 Aardvark

An F-111C of the Royal Australian Air Force with its wings unswept in 2006.

Role Fighter-bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer General Dynamics
First flight 21 December 1964
Introduced 18 July 1967
Retired 1998 (USAF)
Status Active with RAAF
Primary users United States Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Number built 554
Unit cost US$9.8 million (FB-111A)[1]
Variants EF-111A Raven

The General Dynamics F-111 is a medium-range interdictor and tactical strike aircraft that also fills the roles of strategic bomber, reconnaissance and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s and first entering service in 1967, the United States Air Force (USAF) variants were officially retired by 1998. The only remaining operator of the F-111 is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production military aircraft, including variable geometry wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and terrain following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design was highly influential, particularly for Soviet engineers, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. In its inception, however, the F-111 suffered a variety of development problems, and several of its intended roles, such as naval interception, failed to materialize.

In USAF service the F-111 has been effectively replaced by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer. In 2007, the RAAF decided to replace its 21 F-111s in 2010 with 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets.[

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment

YB-49 Northrop


YB-49 in color

Role Strategic bomber
Manufacturer Northrop Corporation
Designed by Jack Northrop
First flight 21 October 1947
Status Prototype only
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 3 converted from YB-35 2 YB-49 and one YRB-49A, more incomplete examples scrapped
Developed from Northrop YB-35

The Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered flying wing medium bomber aircraft developed by Northrop for the United States Air Force shortly after World War II. It was a development of the piston-engined YB-35, and the two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The aircraft was never to enter production, however, being passed over in favor of the more conventional Convair B-36 in service.

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment