Sukhoi has completed a state contract for the supply of new multi-role Su-27SM(3) fighters to the Russian Air Force
The Su-27SM(3) fighter aircraft has a strengthened airframe to enable takeoff weight increased by more than 3 tons and additional suspension points to accommodate weapons. The fighters are equipped with new equipment and weapons complexes as well as with the new AL-31F-M1 turbofan engines produced by the MMPP "Salut", which are characterized by high thrust and extended time between overhauls.
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New and upgraded equipment installed at the aircraft allows the use of new "air-to-air" and "air-to-surface" extended range missiles. The capabilities of the aircraft under intense enemy air defense counter-measures were upgraded due to the application of a new set of ECM. The integrated information system (CIS) has improved the operational and technical characteristics of the aircraft. The information-control field of the cockpit was improved. The pilot's cabin has become a "glass" one completely with 4 multifunctional displays installed, which allowed discarding 13 dial indicators. The new communications system provides a robust secure communication with command posts and between aircraft in the air.
The Su-27SM(3) as a multirole fighter is able to fulfill combat missions effectively using high-precision "air-to-surface" weapons, including satellite-guided bombs. When operating against air targets the Su-27SM(3) is nearly 2 times more efficient than its predecessor - the Su-27C, while in actions against ground targets it performs more than 3 times better.
Source : Sukhoi
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