Friday, November 25, 2022

Russian strike jet crashes near Ukrainian border

A Russian military plane crashed in the Rostov region, near the Ukrainian border.

Russian media on Oct. 9, reported that the Su-24 Fencer strike jet crashed on Sunday morning in the Rostov region during a test flight.

Both pilots ejected successfully before the fighter jet down in the field at the area of Sibyrka village in the Southern Federal District that borders Ukraine.

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The Fencer is one of the most powerful long-range, low-level military aircraft of the Soviet era. The plane is often compared to the US General Dynamics F-111 plane, as well as the European Tornado.

The Su-24 is designed to penetrate hostile territory and destroy ground and surface targets in any weather conditions, by day and night. Variants of the Su-24 have also been produced, designed for reconnaissance and electronic countermeasures.

The strike jet is armed with the following types of air-to-surface missiles: Kh-23 or Kh-23M (NATO codename AS-7 Kerry) radio-command guided missiles (range 5km; up to four missiles carried); Kh-28 (AS-9 Kyle) and Kh-58 passive radar-homing missiles (range 90km; up to two missiles carried). Up to two Vympel R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) IR-homing air-to-air missiles with a range of 3km are also carried.

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