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Su-17,-20,-22 FITTER (SUKHOI)

The Su-17 Fitter with its variable sweep wings was developed from the fixed-wing Su-7B. The first public demonstration of it was made in 1969. It was in production for a long time (1970-1990) and many modifications were built. Some of the modifications were Su-17M, Su-17M2, Su-17M3, and the Su-17M4 (low-altitude subsonic bomber), Su-17UM (trainer). It was designed as a fighter-bomber, but it was used mostly as a bomber. The Su-17 remains an effective aircraft with capable avionics and impressive armament. Export versions of this aircraft are designated Su-20 and Su-22. The export versions can be distinguished by a deeper dorsal spine.

The wings are mid- to low-mounted (wings are mounted below the center), variable, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips. There are wide wing roots. There is one turbojet engine in the fuselage and a circular air intake in the nose. There is a large, single exhaust. The fuselage is long and tubular with a blunt nose and rear section. It has a large bubble canopy. There is a prominent dorsal spine on top of the body from the cockpit to the tail fin. The tail is swept-back and has a tapered fin with a square tip. The flats are mid- to low-mounted on the fuselage and swept-back and tapered.


Countries of Origin CIS (formerly USSR)
Similar Aircraft
  • MiG-21 Fishbed
  • Su-7 Fitter
  • A-7 Corsair II
  • G-Y91
  • Crew one
    Role ground-attack
    Length 61 ft, 6 in (18.76 m)
    Span 45 ft (13.8 m)
    Designation Su-17 fitter C Su-22 Fitter F
    Ceiling 18000 meters 18000 meters
    Cruise range 590 nm 945 nm
    In-Flight Refueling No No
    Internal Fuel 3700 kg 3950 kg
    Payload 3500 kg 3500 kg
    Sensors High Fix (Srd-5m) radar, RWR in both models.
    Fitter D also has LRMTS, possible terrain-following radar. Balistic bombsight
    Terrain-following radar, RWR, Balistic bombsight
    Drop Tanks 800 L drop tank with 639kg of fuel for 51nm range
    1200 l ferry tank with 958kg of fuel for 76 nm range
    800 L drop tank with 639kg of fuel for 76 nm
    Armament AS-10, AA-8, UV-32-57, FAB-500, TN-1000 nuclear bomb Cannon: NR-30 30mm
    AS-7, AS-9, AS-10, AA-8, FAB-500 bombs
    User Countries
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • CIS
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • North Yemen
  • Peru
  • South Yemen
  • Syria
  • Vietnam
  • Su-17


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