Su-24M Fencer Front-line Bomber. First flight: 1976

 


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A twin-seat supersonic swing-wing frontline bomber powered  by two AL-21F-3 11,200-kgf turbojet engines and fitted with  the Tigr sight/navigation system and a wide range of guided and non-guided air-to-ground weapons. The aircraft was  derived from the Su-24 bomber fitted with the Puma  sight/navigation system produced during 1971-1983. The Su-24 swing-wing prototype made its maiden flight on 17 January, 1970, the Su-24M prototype-on 29 June, 1977
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The Su-24Ms had been series-produced at the Novosibirskbased NAPO plant during 1979-1983. A total of about 1,400 aircraft of all versions was produced. The Su-24 was used as  the base for deriving the following versions: the Su-24MR air  reconnaissance frontline aircraft (1980), Su-24MP ECM aircraft  (1980); Su-24MK frontline bomber export version (1987)  which was exported to Algeria, Iraq, Libya and Syria. 

Presently, the Su-24M is the mainstay of the Russian Air Force tactical bomber fleet. The aircraft also is operated by naval strike air regiments of the Russian Navy's air branch. 2001 witnessed  the commencement of a Su-24 upgrade programme  for the Russian Air Force, under which the bombers are going  to be retrofitted with advanced avionics to enhance navigation accuracy and reducing sighting errors.

 

Aircraft base
Squadron
Type
Dzhida
2 Bomber Squadron
Su-24M
Sisversky-2
67 BSQ
Su-24M
Hurda
277 BSQ
Su-24M
Pereyaslavka-2
302 BSQ
Su-24M και Su-24M2
Voronezh
455 BSQ
Su-24M
Morozovsk
559 BSQ
Su-24M
Chernyahovsk
4 Naval BSQ
Su-24M
Lipick-2
968
Su-24M or Su-24M2
Ostrov
240
Su-24M


  


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Su-24M © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Sukhoi
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Front-line Bomber
CREW
2
POWER-PLANT
Two jet engine, NPO Saturn Al-21-F-3A
Thrust, kN
2 x 110,32
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
24,59
Height, m
6,19
Wing span, m:
 
- maximum (69 degree)
17,64
- minimum (16 degree)
10,37
WEIGHT
 
Empty aircraft, kg
22.320
Normal take-off, kg
33.590
Maximum take-off, kg
39.700
Internal fuel, kg
9.800
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h (H=11.000 m) 
1.700
on sea level, km/h
1.400
Combat range, km
390(560)
Service ceiling, m
11.000
Maximum overload, g
6,5
ARMAMENT
1x30 mm six-barrel cannon GSh-6-23M(500 rounds)
Warload - 8.000 kg in 8 hardpoints. 
Air-to-surface missile Kh-23, Kh-23M, Kh-28, Kh-25MR, Kh-25ML, Kh-29L, Kh-29T, Kh-31P, Kh-58U, Kh-58E, Kh-59. Air-to-air two R-60 or R-60M. Guided Air Bomb KAB-500L, KAB-500KR, KAB-1500L. Free fall bombs FAB-100, FAB-250, FAB-500M62, FAB-500M54, 3B-500Sh, 3B-500GD, RBK-250, RBK-500. 
3 x pods SPPU-6 with six-barrel cannons GSh-6-23M or 9A-798 (23 mm, 3x400 rounds) or pods  KMGU.
Rokets S-5, S-8KO, S-13T, S-130F, S-24B, S-250F, S-250FM.