[Photo] Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flanker heavily armed for Combat Air Patrol

First image of Su-27 Flanker fighter jet “armed to the teeth” to perform Combat Air Patrol following the Russian invasion of Crimea.

An interesting image, showing a fully armed Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 has been published on Russianplanes.net.

Taken, on Mar. 1 by Andrey Rakul, at an undisclosed location (possibly, Mirgorod Air Base, the airbase hosting the only Ukrainian Air Force Flanker Squadron), it shows Su-27 “45 Blue” armed with 6 Vympel R-27 missiles (NATO reporting name AA-10 Alamo-C) semi-active-radar homing extended-range air-to-air missiles and 4 Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer), a configuration adopted for Combat Air Patrols (CAPs) established by Kiev after the Russian invasion of Crimea.

Image credit: Andrey Rakul

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    • Only the Su-27SM variant is equipped to fire R-77’s I think. I do not know what variant Ukraine has.

  1. If Mirgorod is their only Su-27 base then hopefully they are dispersing their jets throughout the country.

    • So it’s the Russian “peace keeping” INVASION?……Like these…….

      1.1 During the period of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact

      1.1.1 Poland (1939–1956)

      1.1.2 Baltic states (1940–1991)

      1.1.3 Finnish territories (1940)

      1.1.4 Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina (1940)

      1.2 After the USSR entered the war on the Allied side

      1.2.1 Northern Iran 1941–1946

      1.2.2 Hungary (1944)

      1.2.3 Romania (1944)

      1.2.4 Bulgaria (1944)

      1.2.5 Czechoslovakia (1944)

      1.2.6 Northern Norway 1944–1946 / Bornholm 1945–1946

      1.2.7 Germany (1945)

      1.2.8 Austria 1945–1955

      1.2.9 Manchuria 1945–1946

      1.2.10 Korea 1945–1948

      1.2.11 Kuril Islands 1945

      2 Cold War

      2.1 Czechoslovakia (1968–1991)

      2.2 Afghanistan 1979–1989


      • You do realise that this list will be dwarfed by US atrocities, sorry ‘humanitarian interventions’, around the globe and that the Russian ‘invasion’ has yet to see a single casualty.
        An entire Ukraine Air Force division has pledged allegiance to the Crimean people.800 personnel and almost 50 war planes are now under the command of local authorities.That brings the total number of troops who have reportedly switched sides in the peninsular to almost six thousand in just two days.

        • Lethal Politics: Soviet
          Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917″
          “Probably 61,911,000 people, 54,769,000 of them citizens, have been murdered by the Communist Party–the government–of the Soviet Union. This is about 178 people for each letter, comma, period, digit, and other characters in this book.

          Old and young, healthy and sick, men and women, and even infants and infirm, were killed in cold-blood. They were not combatants in civil war or rebellions, they were not criminals. Indeed, nearly all were guilty of … nothing.

          Lethal Politics: Soviet
          Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917”

          By R.J. Rummel

          New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1990

          Truth is tough
          —- O.W. Homes. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/USSR.CHAP.1.HTM

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