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Sukhoi Su-27SM3 Flanker B Mod. 1

The Su-27SM3 (Flanker-B Mod. 1) multirole fighter is able to fulfill combat missions effectively using high-precision air-to-surface weapons, including satellite-guided bombs. When operating against air targets the Su-27SM3 is nearly 2 times more efficient than its predecessor - the Su-27S, while in actions against ground targets it performs more than 3 times better. Apparently, the new fighters were released just in this version.

The Su-27SM(3) fighter aircraft has a strengthened airframe to enable takeoff weight increased by more than 3 tons and additional suspension points to accommodate weapons. The fighters are equipped with new equipment and weapons complexes as well as with the new AL-31F-M1 turbofan engines produced by the MMPP Salut, which are characterized by high thrust and extended time between overhauls. New and upgraded equipment installed at the aircraft allows the use of new air-to-air and air-to-surface extended range missiles. The capabilities of the aircraft under intense enemy air defense counter-measures were upgraded due to the application of a new set of ECM.

The last batch of upgraded Su-27SM3 fighters ordered in 2009 have been delivered by KnAAPO, Sukhoi announced on 22 December 2011, completing the contract for 12 Su-27SM3 ordered by the Russian Ministry of Defense at the MAKS 2009 air show.

By the end of 2014, a total of 24 Su-27SM3 were deployed on the Russian air base in Belarus. Russian fighter regiment of 24 Su-27SM3, provide air defense the "Union State" and the integrity of the air space. Commander of the Air Force of Russia Viktor Bondarevsaid in March 2014 that a flight of four Su-27SM3 jets was constantly in Belarus. "According to the plan this year, the squadron will be added to that and at the end of the regiment will be deployed Su-27SM3 made of two squadrons at the airport in Baranovichi, where our air base is located, 24 jets in total. They will be on alert and ensuring the integrity of the air defense and airspace "union state", Bondarev said

At the meeting of the Security Council on 14 March 2014 Lukashenka said that he wanted to invite Russia to deploy up to 15 jet as a result of NATO. On March 13 it turned out that six Russian Su-27 fighter jets and three military air force air carriers of the Russian Federation have been resettled in Bobruisk within the test readiness of the Armed Forces of Belarus.

Six or seven Russian Su-27 Flankers deployed Bobruisk airfield in eastern Belarus were photographed in March 2014 holding Vympel R-73 missiles (NATO reporting name AA-11 Archer). Aircraft were deployed at the request of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on concerns about the increase in military activities of NATO in Eastern Europe.

Although Russia claimed that it is an extension of the agreement on "a unified air defense system", signed with Belarus in 2009, the Belarusian side expressed doubts regarding the use of a military base in the country. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the independent Institute for Social and Political Studies, 45.1% of the Belarusian people against the creation of a Russian air base in the country, and 24.4% - for its creation.

Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Arseny Sivitsky noted that the Kremlin had put undisguised pressure on this issue on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.




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