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Russian Su-27 fighter aircraft practice air fighting near Kaliningrad.

| 2022

According to information published by Tass on April 14, 2022, more than 10 crews of Sukhoi Su-27 multirole fighters from an air unit of the Baltic Fleet’s air arm, which is based in the Kaliningrad Region in west Russia, have practiced air fighting during an exercise.

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Russian Su 27 fighter aircraft practice air fighting near Kaliningrad1 Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft (Picture source: HDWP)

The pilots detected and identified the simulated enemy’s planes and then went into action, the press office added.

During the night and daylight flights, the Su-27 crews practiced preparing the fighters quickly, took off from the home airfield in pairs, and performed simulated missile launches against the aerial targets.

The Sukhoi Su-27 is a multipurpose highly-maneuverable all-weather long-range fighter developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The plane is designed to gain air supremacy.

The Su-27's basic design is aerodynamically similar to the MiG-29, but it is substantially larger. It is a very large aircraft, and to minimize its weight its structure has a high percentage of titanium (about 30%, more than any of its contemporaries). No composite materials were used.

The fighter aircraft is armed with a single 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 cannon in the starboard wingroot, and has up to 10 hardpoints for missiles and other weapons. Its standard missile armament for air-to-air combat is a mixe of Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer), Vympel R-27 (AA-10 'Alamo') weapons, the latter including extended range and IR guided models.

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