|Engines||2 * 12800kg Lyulka AL-31F|
|Speed 0 alt.||1300km/h|
|Speed at altitude||2450km/h|
with refueling 5200km
|Combat Payload||8000kg at 10 hardpoints|
There are severe problems faced by Russian PVO:
This requires to switch to aircraft with increased range, flight duration and payload, equipped with advanced observation/tracking system. The Su-30 (Su-30K?) is a two-seat long-range version of the Su-27UB, intended as long-range interceptor, to fulfill those requirements.
With internal fuel tanks carrying 9400kg of fuel range of this aircraft can reach 3600km without refueling. Sharing of duties between pilot (aircraft control, close combat) and pilot-operator (long range combat, control over whole situation, coordination of up to 4 other fighters like Su-27) decreases combat stress on the crew. During continuous patrol flight pilot-operator can take control over aircraft to give pilot a break.
Radar system and optronics fire control complex allows simultaneously track 10 targets at range up to 100km and engage two at range up to 65km. Variety of ECM equipment fitted, including illumination warning system, active jamming station and passive chaff/flare dispensers.
Air refueling probe was first tested on the 2-seat Su-27UB. One of flights lasted 15h42min and covered 13440km with 4 refueling (Moscow - Komsomolsk-na-Amure - Moscow) was quite a test for aircraft and crew endurance.
|Modified December 11, 1996||Back to|