Sukhoi Su-27 - Russian Knights Aerobatic Team

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The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27; NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high maneuverability. The Su-27 was designed for air superiority missions, and subsequent variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. It was designed with the Mikoyan MiG-29 as its complement.

The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1985. The primary role was long range air defence against American SAC B-1B and B-52G/H bombers, protecting the Soviet coast from aircraft carriers and flying long range fighter escort for Soviet heavy bombers such as the Tu-95 "Bear", Tu-22M "Backfire" and Tu-160 "Blackjack".

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 naval fleet defense interceptor for use on aircraft carriers. Further versions include the side-by-side two-seat Su-34 'Fullback' strike/fighter-bomber variant, and the Su-35 'Flanker-E' improved air superiority and multi-role fighter. The Shenyang J-11 is a Chinese licence-built version of the Su-27.

Manufacturer: Sukhoi

Model: Su-27

Operator: Russian Knights

Role: Multirole fighter, air superiority fighter

National origin: Soviet Union / Russia

First flight: 20 May 1977

Introduction: 22 June 1985

Status: In service

Primary users:

  • Russian Air Force
  • People's Liberation Army Air Force
  • Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces

Produced: 1982–present

Number built: 809

Unit cost: US$41.2 million


Crew: 1

Length: 21.9 m

Wingspan: 14.7 m

Height: 5.92 m

Wing area: 62 m²

Empty weight: 16,380 kg

Loaded weight: 23,430 kg (51,650 lb) with 56% internal fuel

Max. takeoff weight: 30,450 kg

Fuel capacity: 9,400 kg (20,724 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Saturn AL-31F turbofans

Maximum speed:

  • At altitude: Mach 2.35 (2,500 km/h)
  • At sea level: Mach 1.13 (1,400 km/h)


  • At altitude: 3,530 km
  • At sea level: 1,340 km

Rate of climb: 300 m/s

Maximum g-load: +9 g

About the model:

Manufacturer: Herpa Wings

Scale: 1:200

The actual aircraft: