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Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C) Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft (1973)

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The Sukhoi Su-20 Fitter-C was nothing more than an export version of the Su-17 Fitter series.

With the success that was the Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" swing-wing product, it was only natural for Soviet authorities to allow its sale to global allies and this endeavor provided the basis for the Su-20 "Fitter-C" export mark - based largely on the Su-17M (S-32MK model). The Su-20 was delivered with a ranging radar system, improved navigation suite, and a modern attack system while being powered by an AL-21F-3 24,800 lb thrust engine. The aircraft also appeared in limited export quantity as a reconnaissance variant under the designation of "Su-20R" - these being based on the Su-17R reconnaissance model. The Su-17 was later developed into a much-improved export variant recognized as "Su-22".

Armament included 2 x 30mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-30 series internal cannons for close-in work. The airframe also held some ten hardpoints for the carrying of various air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions. Its crew was one and the export model retained much of the form and function of the Soviet line. Operational use of the Su-20 fell to Egypt, Poland, and Syria where they served in the fighter-bomber and ground attack roles.

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Specifications for the
Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft

Focus Model: Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Sukhoi - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1973
Production: 156

Crew: 1

Length: 61.52 ft (18.75 m)
Width: 45.28 ft (13.80 m)
Height: 16.40ft (5.00 m)
Weight (Empty): 0 lb (0 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 42,990 lb (19,500 kg)

Powerplant: 1 x Lyulka AL-21F-3 turbojet engine developing 24,802 lb of thrust.

Maximum Speed: 1,379 mph (2,220 kmh; 1,199 kts)
Maximum Range: 419 miles (675 km)
Service Ceiling: 49,869 ft (15,200 m; 9.4 miles)

Hardpoints: 10
Armament Suite:
2 x 30mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-30 cannons

10 x Hardpoints for a variety of air-to-air or air-to-ground munitions.

Variants: [ SHOW / HIDE ]

Egypt; Poland; Syria