My name is Su(-27)!

The Royal Air Force detachment flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission had an interesting day at the office in Lithuania earlier this week.

On 17 June, the quick reaction alert at Siauliai air base was put into action, in response to “four separate groups of aircraft in international airspace near to the Baltic States”. These turned out to be a Russian air force training formation of a Tupolev Tu-22 bomber, Beriev A-50 airborne early warning aircraft, four Sukhoi Su-27s and an Antonov An-26 transport.

The Crown Copyright image below shows how close a look the pair of RAF Typhoons took at their counterpart fighters, which the UK says were monitored and then “escorted on their way”.

Su-27 Typhoon

The RAF’s 3 Sqn has been supporting the current Polish air force-led BAP rotation at Siauliai since 1 May.



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13 Responses to My name is Su(-27)!

  1. rufus3698 20 June, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I wonder if the “stinger” on the SU-27 is only for aerodynamic effect or if it incorporates some sensor or weapon capabilities?

    • Ed 20 June, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      I suppose stuff like:

      - drag chute
      - chaff & flare dispensers
      - radar / missile warning system

      And maybe some communication and jamming equipment, but I’m not sure about that.

      • Berni Smith 23 June, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

        Drag chute, fluff and chuff about a metre fwd of the chute box. RWR is in the fin caps.

        But where do they keep the kettle when they want a brew?

    • Peter 24 June, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

      The Sting on the tail is the rear looking radar and that ,my dear friend is not fitted to the Typhoon.The Sukhois have radar on both ends as well as IRST on the front so by far more capable than western counterparts.see Carlo Kopp website for comparison to western built machines

      • jetcal1 26 June, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

        Maybe a reduced RCS ARM would put paid to that idea.

      • David Boon 8 July, 2014 at 3:10 am #

        That is completely wrong.

        And “capable”? Carlo Kopp has zero credibility. The majority of the APA website is about re-introducing the F-111, in which Kopp has a commercial interest.

  2. jetcal1 20 June, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Looks like it could use time on the washrack.

  3. Cocidius 21 June, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    This Flanker is certainly armed to the teeth (really they should add a few more missiles). :-)

    As good as the RAF pilots are it had to have been a stressful encounter intercepting so many not so friendly Russian aircraft obviously primed and ready for action.

    • George Zip 23 June, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Same number of AAMs on the Typhoon…

    • jetcal1 23 June, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      I noticed the lack of externals. BTW, anybody know the Russian color coding for inert rounds?

  4. dizzyfugu 30 June, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Russian/Soviet training rounds have normally “zebra stripes”, dummies tend to be orange.

    • jetcal1 1 July, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks! Looks like the pictured sortie was live. Seems like a heavy load-out for a training sortie.

  5. Steve Taylor 2 July, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Peter – We can also claim an IRST on Typhoon!

    As for the rear radar, that’s a very small antenna operating in very unpleasant conditions for any sensitive electronic equipment. I’d be interested to know what kind of tracking range/performance you get out of it, I suspect it’s not so good!

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