The first part of the drill on the new technique was the 63rd Red Banner bap Kerch, Sevastopol 132nd Bad, 15th the Red BA, based in Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad region. Previously, it was armed Yak-28 bombers, which was also the first in the Soviet Union re-equipped with the aircraft IL-28. Crews have successfully mastered much more complex aircraft, the ISS specialists (engineering aviation service), especially groups sighting and navigation system, had even more difficult than the pilots. A positive aspect proved the existence of a second set of controls at the navigator, allowing spending on retraining massively basic version of the aircraft as "Sparky" the Su-24 was not.
A major factor that hindered the development of the Su-24 was the ill fame emergency aircraft had time to spread in parts treated with the new technique It is often even non-hazardous failures are sometimes perceived as a fatal crews. Fortunately, avalanche increase in the number of accidents during the development of the Su-24 has not happened, however, the designers, the Air Force, as well as the personnel had to be pretty nervous. Restore the image of the machine to some extent contributed to the excellent quality of ejection seats K-36 and the fact that our hero, like most of the other structures of the company Sukhoi, "spared" the crew of a forced landing, even when it was destroyed.
The Su-24 is primarily directed to the western part of the areas where their numbers grew rapidly, whereas his predecessors Su-7B and Su-17 began its service on the border with China. Summer of 1979, the first Su-24 appeared outside the USSR - in Bad Bomber Aviation Regiment 218 of the 16th Air Army of the Group of Western troops stationed at the airport Templin 60 kilometers from Berlin. Soon all three regiments of 218 th BAA placed in Templin. Yutsnbsrgs and Brande. They were rearmed with the Su-24. The division was the main striking force of the 16th VA, which was in those years at the forefront of confrontation with NATO, and one of the most potent compounds of the Soviet Air Force general.
Despite the secrecy, the plane in the middle of the 1970s was known in the West, and immediately attracted the attention of military experts who saw in it a significant risk.
By the end of the 1980s the Su-24 is no longer a great mystery for the foreign experts and the military, which it served for nearly 15 years from the date of receipt in regular operation. It began in the years 1973-1974, first in training centers, and then the line units. Foreign intelligence services paid attention to this aircraft, representing the words of the author of an article in the journal "Air International" "potentially the greatest threat" among the countries of Western Europe "of all combat aircraft in service with the Soviet Air Force tactical aviation."
Soon, the Su-24 became an integral part of an important part of the Air Force of the military districts, located in the territory of the USSR, as well as the already mentioned western and northern group of forces located outside. This was made possible thanks to a significant pace of aircraft production. In the west, in each district usually had at least division of the Su-24, and, for example, in the Turkestan Military District was only one regiment is a trend in the mid-seventies, became secondary.
The combat training emphasis on group activities by the management and the squadron, at least - the regiment. It was believed that the Su-24 was quite a powerful weapon, and the division of the aircraft organized an offensive forces on a narrow front portion provided support fighter-bombers. The latter would be "working" directly on the front line, and the Su-24 "isolated" area of operations, depriving the enemy's supplies and reinforcements, and crushed his air defense and aircraft at bases and airfields.
In the end of 13 years the Novosibirsk Aviation Industrial Association named. Chkalov has built more than 500 machines of this type in the first modification, in general, meet the needs of the Air Force in them.
And what had the potential enemy? Tactical Air Command US Air Force got 137 tactical combat aircraft F-111 in four versions: A, D, E and F, and all of them have been released in a very short period of time - just two years. As the years passed in America should have rules of the game to catch up and overtake, and it spared no effort and money.
The price of the titanic efforts of the Su-24 fleet iwa constantly growing, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively, though not always, even major changes reflected in the appearance of the aircraft. Aircraft 3 Series stood out for new antennas applied earlier finder ARK-10. Later, the same antenna is used together with the new ARC-15, which remained on all other versions of the aircraft.
In the design, great attention was given to the survivability of the bomber. As a result, when receiving heavy damage aircraft could stay in the air. It does not destroy the appearance of large (up to centimeters, and in some cases even more) of cracks in zones wing spar frames, and power, stood holes in the power panels up to 50 mm in diameter, etc. For the aircraft type "fighter" (on the basis of design and technology, and for other purposes), this was no small achievement.
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