The 30th anniversary of the of the Su-27SK aircraft first flight

On 25 November 1991, the test pilot N.P. Nesnov performed the first flight of the multipurpose Su-27SK aircraft. The Su-27SK single-seat front-line fighter is an export version of the Su-27 aircraft, produced in quantity since 1991 at KnAAPO (today – a branch of JSC “Sukhoi Company” “Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Y.A. Gagarin”).

The aircraft is designed to gain air supremacy by destroying manned and unmanned aerial vehicles with medium-range guided missiles and at a short-range air combat, destruction of surface and ground targets with unguided weapons, while conducting autonomous and group actions in any weather conditions.

Since 1992 the aircraft have been exported to China, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Indonesia. In accordance with an interstate agreement, since 1998 the aircraft has been produced as the F/J-11 in China under licence in accordance with an interstate agreement. The first licensed-production plane, assembled in Shenyang, was flight tested on 16 December 1998.

For reference: JSC «558 ARP» has been serially overhauling and upgrading Su-27(UB) type aircraft since 2003. To date, the staff of JSC «558 ARP» has overhauled more than 50 the Su-27/Su-30 type aircraft. In the process of overhaul JSC «558 ARP» makes deep upgrade of the Su-27/SU-30 type aircraft in order to enhance its combat and operation characteristics.

The upgrade of aircraft makes it possible to create a multipurpose aviation complex capable to destroy air and ground targets by various weapons. The updated avionics allows the aircraft to use «air-to-air» missiles PBB-AE and different air weapons (including corrective ones) of «air-to-surface» class: X-31П missiles designed to destroy surface targets, X-31P anti-radar missiles, laser-guided missiles - X-25MЛ and X-29Л, TV-guided missiles - X-29T, and guided air bombs KAБ-500L/KР and KAБ-1500Л/KР.