Are those Su-27SM newly produced or upgrade of existing ones? I think they could upgrade more than 12 Su-27SM in one year. How many will be upgraded this year?The value of the contract stands at $3 billion and will cover 48 Su-35BM fighter jets, 4 Su-30M2 fighter jets and 12 Su-27SM fighter jets. The Su-35BMs and Su-30M2s are being produced for the first time and their deliveries will continue through 2015, while the Su-27SM is an upgrade of the basic model Su-27.
And to that tail picture: Those engines are not 3D, only MiG-29ovt have them. They are 2D. Picture name suggest it is MKI, but it isnt the standard camo cheme. Must be russian MKI prototype then. The engines doesn't actually move up and down, like on Su-37. Picture yourself Su-37 engines angeled 45 degrees inwards. That is how they move.
The article is kinda suggesting to they are upgrades. Yes, i am aware of BM and Su-30M2 are upgrades of Su-27 beneath the skin, but not in same way as SM's.
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The first pictures from MAKS-2009 airshow in Zhukovsky.
Full report+my impression in russian after teh first day: http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/217
International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2009,
18-th august, Zhukovsky, Moscow region
BUK-M2E airdefence system
Strategic bomber Tu-160 on the static display
Radio-location station Protivnik-GE
Transport-loading vehicle for Tipchak UAV complex
MiG-29SMT, indian MiG-29K and MiG-29SM tails
Sukhoi Superjet 100
Fly-by for the government officials
surely hope this isn't what they're doing.
Not true. The Su35BM has 3d all-round TVC. You are confusing it with the Original Su35 which had neither.
Su-35BM has a same TVC system as the Su-30MKI. 32 degree rotated Al-100 nozzles. It's a 2D system with 3D capability, if they works together in different directions. This system is simpiler than an all axes TVC sys, because the rotation points fit to the rear fuselage elements. The original version in the Su-37 has an own special engine bay for the horizontal join points.
The designers could leave this extra weight solution to a simplier one, because the 32 degree rotation of the fixing points produce an almost same 2D effect if it works together, and a quasi 3D if the nozzles works different or separately.
And my common sense tells me there is no point of adding A LOT of cost and build a whole new frame and engines. If they have updated 48 other Su-27's they will continue doing so. What is the point of buying all new SM when they buy new build BM's?
Stop posting those photos you ****.