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Su-27 Flanker
Su-27 Flanker
Origin CCCP Soviet Union
RUS Russian Federation
Role Air superiority fighter
Multirole fighter
Manufacturer Sukhoi
Primary user CCCP AF Soviet Air Force
RUS AF Russian Air Force
General characteristics
Crew 1
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)
Performance
Maximum speed 2,500 km/h (1,550 mph)
Range 3,530 km (2,193 mi)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
series information
Appearances 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".

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