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MiG-27 Flogger D Attack Plane

The MiG-27 Flogger D is based on the MiG-23 Flogger fighter but is optimized for ground attack. It shares the basic airframe of the variable geometry MiG-23 but adds a revised nose, laser rangefinder, target seeker, cockpit armor and upgraded electronics. The MiG-27 entered service with the air force of the Soviet Union in 1975 and was in production unto the mid 1980s. The MiG-27 Flogger D is armed with a Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-23 23 mm Gatling canon and 7 hard points capable of carrying 8,800 lbs of ordnance. The MiG-27 Flogger D is flown by the Indian Air Force and the Iranian Air Force and was in service with the Cuban Air Force, Georgia, Russian Air Force, Ukrainian Air Force, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Soviet Air Force.

MiG-27 Flogger D Attack Plane

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Kamov KA-25 K Hormone B Radar Helicopter

Designed in 1958, the Kamov KA-25 helicopter first flew in 1961. The Hormone is powered by twin turbines, installed side-by-side above the cabin, that drive two, three-bladed coaxial, contra-rotating rotors. The contra-rotating rotors eliminated the need for an anti-torque tail rotor, and made a very compact design possible. The rotor system introduced aluminum alloy blades that were pressurized with nitrogen for crack detection and all wheels were fitted with rapid inflation flotation collars. The KA-25 K Hormone B is an over the horizon targeting version intended to relay data to cruise missiles launched from surface warships and submarines. All ASW, ESM and weapons were removed and a large radar unit was added in a bulged radome under the nose. The Hormone B has flown with the Bulgarian Navy, Indian Navy, Russian Naval Aviation, Soviet Naval Aviation, Syrian Air Force, Ukrainian Naval Aviation, Vietnam People's Air Force and Yugoslav Air Force.

Kamov KA-25 Hormone B Radar Helicopter

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Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker Fighter

The Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker was developed in the 1970s as a response to the USAF F-15 Eagle which was greatly superior to existing Soviet fighters. First flying in 1977 and entering service in 1984 the Flanker was designed as a high performance fighter with the Soviet Union’s first fly by wire control system and the ability to carry up to 10 AAMs and a GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon. The SU-27 also mounts an infrared search and track (IRST) system and is highly maneuverable. Beginning in 1986 a special SU-27 that was rebuilt from the prototype and stripped to minimum weight began to set the first in a series of performance records for rate of climb and altitude. This plane set 40 new class records between 1986 and 1988. The Flanker has been under continual development and has spawned not only improved versions of the basic plane but also the SU-33, SU-37 and the SU-32FN. The SU-27 is operated by Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Angola and Syria. The United States is also rumored to have acquired at least 3. This model shows a Soviet Air Force SU-27 in the late 1980s.

Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker Fighter

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Sukhoi SU-11 Fishpot C Interceptor

The Sukhoi SU-11 Fishpot C was an upgraded version of the Sukhoi SU-9 interceptor that first flew in 1961. The SU-11 featured an improved and more powerful turbojet engine, new weapons, new radar and an elongated nose to accommodate the Uragan 5B radar. Production began in 1962 and ended in 1965 after about 108 aircraft had been delivered. The Fishpot was a delta wing, swept tailplane, cigar shaped interceptor with a circular nose intake. The Fishpot usually carried one radar homing missile and one IR homing missile along with two drop tanks. The SU-11 Fishpot C was armed with one Anab AA-3 R-98MR semi-active radar homing missile and one Anab AA-3 R-98MT infrared guided missile. The SU-11 was withdrawn from service in the 1980s.

Sukhoi SU-11 Fishpot C

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MiG-21 F-13 Fishbed C Interceptor

The MiG-21 Fishbed is a supersonic short range day fighter / interceptor. The prototype of the MiG-21 was first flown in 1955, made its first public appearance during the Soviet Aviation Day display at Moscow's Tushino Airport in June 1956 and entered service in 1959. With a production run spanning 26 years, 11,497 examples and 28 major variants the MiG-21 is one of the most widely used, longest serving fighter aircraft ever built. The MiG-21 was the first Soviet aircraft that combined the fighter and interceptor roles in a single aircraft. First designed as an interceptor, the MiG-21 had the short range common to the type with an endurance of only 45 minutes. The MiG-21 fought during the various Indo-Pakistani Wars, the Vietnam War, the Arab Israeli wars from 1967 through 1982, the Libyan-Egyptian War, the Libyan Civil War, The Yugoslav Civil Wars, the NATO attack on Yugoslavia, the Angolan Civil War, the Ogaden War and the First and Second Congo Wars. The MiG-21 was widely exported and continues in service today. The Fishbed is still flown by Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Libya, Libyan Republic, Mali, North Korea, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia. In addition the MiG-21 has flown with Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Chad, China, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, East Germany, Eritrea, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Somalia, Soviet Union, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, North Yemen, South Yemen, Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe. The Mig-21 is also widely used by various civil operators with at least 44 in the US alone. The MiG-21 F-13 Fishbed-C version of the MiG-21 was the first model to be made in large numbers. It was the basic short range interceptor version with the addition of the ability to carry two K-13 AA-2 Atoll infra red homing missiles (a direct copy of the US AIM-9 Sidewinder). It could also carry two UB-16-57 unguided rocket launchers or two S-24 rockets or two FAB-100/250/500 bombs or two ZB-360 napalm tanks in place of the missiles. It also carried one (as opposed to tow on earlier versions) 30mm NR-30 cannon on the starboard side, with 30 rounds. This model shows a MiG-21 F-13 Fishbed-C flying with the Soviet Air Force in the early 1960s. Also see the MiG-21 Fishbed D..

MiG-21 Fishbed C Interceptor

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