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Su-33: smashing spear of the Russian fleet

At the beginning of the 80 of the last century, the leadership of the USSR decided to build the first aircraft carriers. It was dictated by the realization that a full-fledged presence in the world's oceans is impossible without ships of this type.

Together with the beginning of the development of aircraft-carrying cruisers, the creation of new aircraft was launched. Along with deck modifications of the Su-25 attack aircraft and the MiG-29 light fighter, the aircraft manufacturers developed the ship version of the heavy Su-27 fighter. He received the name of the Su-33. The main differences from the base model were folding wings and the presence of horizontal tail. The first allowed to save a lot of space on the deck and in the hangar. The second contributed to better handling of the aircraft at low speeds.

The first landing of the Su-33 on the deck of the "Admiral Kuznetsov" (at that time still "Tbilisi") occurred on November 1 of the year 1989. On the same day, the MiG-29K and Su-25UTG landed on the aircraft-carrying cruiser.

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  1. svp67
    svp67 29 December 2017 14: 46
    Su-33: smashing spear of the Russian fleet
    And how many of these "copies" do they have left? And how much will remain in a year or three? Nevertheless, the MiG is not a full replacement for it.
  2. Cossack 471
    Cossack 471 29 December 2017 21: 57
    Honestly; in VO they lifted up with pathetic headlines. like "our future tractor will tear everyone" Let's do it for a start ...
    1. tchoni
      tchoni 30 December 2017 17: 01
      Truly so
    HEATHER 31 December 2017 07: 41
    MIG is generally not a replacement for 33 m. Easy versus heavy. Inadequate replacement. Modernization of the 33rd? Question 2! Will, and is it worth it? Let's hope that we make a deck from the perspective of the 35th. In the meantime, only Katran.
    1. max702
      max702 13 January 2018 13: 49
      Deck aviation is a relic of the Second World War .. A sharp jump in technology put an end to it, current aviation and cruise missiles perfectly perform any deck tasks, and the prospects for outer space are simply limitless and that is where the forces and means should be invested .. During the Second World War, aircraft carriers and planes cost them a penny as well as the training of flight personnel (in comparison with battleships), plus the success of carrier-based aviation operations, there was a wretched air defense of those years, even at the end of the Second World War when the United States launched anti-aircraft air defense it became sad, the Japanese did not have time to do this and they were demolished, today air defense is orders of magnitude above, plus RCC .. The problem of target designation .. but it can be solved through space as well as shock capabilities in the future .. The conclusion is nothing to invest in outdated solutions, we must not prepare for the past war, but for the future .. By the way, Kuznetsov’s voyage to Syria it was perfectly proved, expensive, inefficient, and pointless .. Therefore, close the deck aircraft projects and try to make a break in space target designation, rocket science, aviation ..