Warplanes: Su-27SM


December 16, 2007: The Russian Air Force is upgrading its Su-27 fighters to the Su-27SM standard. This means new engines, with greater reliability and ten percent more thrust. A better radar (AESA) and glass cockpit (flat screen displays and more efficient software) allowed for the installation of a better fire control system. That means the ability to use smart bombs and the latest air-to-air missiles. Russia is planning to upgrade at least 200 of their 440 Su-27s to the SM standard. The Su-27 is mainly used for air defense. One regiment in the far east has been equipped with Su-27SMs, and another is on the way. This makes Japan nervous, as the Su27SM is capable of taking on Japanese F-15s.


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