Sukhoi Su-24


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Sukhoi Su-24

In 1965, the Soviet government instructed the Sukhoi design bureau to begin design studies of a new variable-geometry strike aircraft in the same class as the General Dynamics F- 111. One criteria was that the new aircraft must be able to fly at very low level in order to penetrate increasingly effective air defence systems. The resulting aircraft, the Su-24, first flew in 1970, and deliveries of the first production version, the 'Fencer-A', began in 1974. Several variants were produced, culminating in the Su-24M 'Fencer-D', which entered service in 1986. This variant has in-flight refuelling equipment, upgraded nav/attack systems, and laser/TV designators. The Su-24MR is a tactical reconnaissance version. The Su-24 is known to NATO by the reporting name 'Fencer'.

Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004

Sukhoi Su-24

 ENGINE2 x AL-21F-3A, 109.8kN
  Take-off weight39700 kg87524 lb
  Empty weight22320 kg49207 lb
  Wingspan10.4/17.6 m34 ft 1 in / 58 ft 9 in
  Length24.6 m81 ft 9 in
  Height6.2 m20 ft 4 in
  Wing area51.0/55.2 m2548.96 / 594.17 sq ft
  Max. speed1.35M 1.35M
  Ceiling11000 m36100 ft
  Range w/max.fuel2500 km1553 miles
  Range w/max payload560 km348 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 23mm cannon, 8000kg of weapons

Sukhoi Su-24A three-view drawing (1000 x 561)

RickU, e-mail, 04.07.2023 17:16

Russian copy of a Tornado? The SU-19 /SU-24 first flew years before the Panavia Tornado. How could it be copy? The only similarity is they both variable geometry wings. So tired of reading comments on here made by ignorant people of this is a copy of this and that is a copy of that. Especially when the aircraft look completely different.


Timothy Potter, e-mail, 23.03.2018 13:41

Soviet copy of the Tornado but powered by 8 nuclear jets instead of rockets.


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Kiril, e-mail, 05.04.2010 01:36

I am able to offer demilitarized Su-24s for sale to civil buyers. Contact me for more information.


Kiril, e-mail, 04.10.2009 18:18

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paul scott, e-mail, 18.08.2009 18:19

Speed was reported in the Mach 2 range, but of course, the speed mentioned above may well be its low-level speed.


leo rudnicki, e-mail, 11.04.2009 07:56

Originally reported in western press as Su-19 with an inaccurate artist's impression, shocked some military analysts when it seemed to be like an F-111 but slightly faster, better, and probably cheaper. Camouflage copied from RAF 1940 /41.


enrique de la piedra, e-mail, 23.10.2007 22:57

about its camouflage,


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