The Sukhoi Su-27 is a Russian fighter aircraft, designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The Su-27 was an air superiority fighter for its time and still remains one of the most successful fighters in aviation history. It is also one of the fastest jets to ever fly!

1985 to: Present
US$37 million
Sukhoi Search and Track Radar / Fire Control, OEPS-27 IRST, OEPS-27 electro-optical targeting system
2x 2 × Saturn/Lyulka AL-31F turbofans
27,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1546 knots
2,863 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
129 knots
Travel range:
1,906 Nautical Miles
3,530 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.62 nautical mile / gallon
0.303 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
62,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
54000 feet / minute
274.32metre / second
Take Off Distance:
450 metre - 1,476.36 feet
Landing Distance:
620 metre - 2,034.10 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
30,450 Kg
67,130 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
21,000 Kg
46,297 lbs
Max Payload:
4,500 Kg
9,921 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
3,080 gallon
11,659 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
1 seats
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
21.9 metre - 71.85 feet
Tail height:
5.92 metre - 19.42 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
14.7 metre - 48.23 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The Sukhoi Su-27 is a Soviet jet fighter aircraft. It was designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and manufactured by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant. A variable geometry wing allows it to be used as both an air superiority fighter and a ground attack aircraft.

It has been built in several variants, including the two seat trainer version, with various armament configurations. The first prototype flew on May 20 1977 at Zhukovsky Airfield near Moscow.

The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1985, remaining in use as of 2017 with some operators elsewhere after being supplanted by later models such as the Su-30MKK and Su-35S for frontline duties such as air superiority missions over Syria.

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