|Origin|| Soviet Union|
|Role||Air superiority fighter|
|Primary user|| Soviet Air Force|
Russian Air Force
|Length||21.9 m (72 ft)|
|Wingspan||14.7 m (48.3 ft)|
|Height||5.92 m (19.6 ft)|
|Loaded weight||23,430 kg (51,650 lb)|
|Maximum speed||2,500 km/h (1,550 mph)|
|Range||3,530 km (2,193 mi)|
|Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. |
The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27) (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high maneuverability. The Su-27 was designed for air superiority missions, and subsequent variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. Complementing the smaller MiG-29, the Su-27 has its closest US counterpart in the F-15 Eagle.
The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1985. The primary role was long range air defence against American SAC B-1B and B-52G/H bombers, protecting the Soviet coast from aircraft carriers and flying long range fighter escort for Soviet heavy bombers such as the Tu-95 "Bear", Tu-22M "Backfire" and Tu-160 "Blackjack".