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The Sukhoi Su-33 is a naval military aircraft produced by Russian firm Sukhoi in 1982 for aircraft carriers. It is a derivative of the Sukhoi Su-27. Its main speciality is that it can take off from aircraft carriers without an aircraft catapult thrust.

It first flew in May 1985, and entered service in the Russian Navy in 1994. The air regiment comprising 24 fighters of the type was formed up on Russia's only operating aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. It has extra small wings near the pilots cabin which shorten the take-off distance and improve manoeuvrability. The Su-33 can also carry guided missiles such as the H-25MP, H-31 and H-41. The Su-33 is used in both night and day operations at sea, and operate with the command center ship and with the Ka-31 early-warning helicopter. With the R-27EM missiles it can intercept antiship missiles.

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Armament

Specifications

  • Crew: 2
  • Wing Span: 7.40m folded, 14.70m extended
  • Length: 21.94m
  • Height: 5.93m
  • Wing Area: 62m2
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 30000kg

Performance

  • Speed: 1400km/h Cruise, 2300km/h At 10000m (max)
  • Maximum Mach Speed: 2.17
  • Rate of Climb: 230m/s
  • Ceiling: 17000m
  • Endurance: Normal 3000km
  • Maximum Turn: +8Gs

See Also

Su-27 family

Resources

Federation of American Scientists (http://www.fas.org)


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