In the second of a three-part review of fighter aircraft in Russian service, Combat Aircraft turns to the Sukhois. The Su-27 reset the standard in Russian fighter aviation — arguably it is the most important single type in Russia’s contemporary aviation history.
FORCE REPORT // RUSSIAN FIGHTERS
CONCEIVED IN 1969 as Russia’s answer to the F-15 Eagle, the Su-27 ‘Flanker’ has become the benchmark for all fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). The basic Su-27 has given rise to various derivatives, notably the Su-30 and Su-35 multi-role fighters, the Su-33 carrier-based fighter and the Su-34 ‘Fullback’ tactical bomber.