A variable geometry strike/attack aircraft, obviously inspired by the U.S. F-111, but more optimized for the low-level tactical strike role, and with a generally lower performance. There also are reconnaissance versions. The wings are high-mounted, variable, swept-back, and tapered. There are twin turbofan engines. The air intakes are tapered away from the body, rectangular-shaped, and mounted on the body forward of the wings’ leading edges. There are twin exhausts. The fuselage is long, slender, with pointed, solid nose, and rectangular-shaped body from the air intakes to the exhausts. There are two belly fins and four pylons. There is a bubble canopy. The dorsal spine extends from the cockpit to the tail. The tail fin is swept-back and tapered with square tip. The flats are high-mounted on the fuselage, swept-back, and tapered with angular tips.
Variants SU24-MK Fencer
Later production marks may have different engines, POS R-29Bs @11500Kg.
• Fencer A is initial production variant w/ squared off aft fuselage.
• Su-24B has rounded fuselage.
• Su-24C has changes in EW equipment.
• Su-24D can be inflight refueled and has longer nose.
• Su-24E is recon variant for navy; can also carry antiship weapons.
• Fencer F possible version; perhaps EW variant.
Specification: Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer
The Sukhoi Su-24 Fighter is an all-weather supersonic low-level bomber able to deliver conventional and nuclear warloads with great precision. Quite large in size, it features a wide, slab-sided fuselage that houses two turbojets and a side-by-side cockpit with seating for two. The high variable-geometry wings feature large full-span slats to enhance handling. In the large nose radome are two radar scanners: one for navigation, attack, and terrain following, and another for airborne ranging. The main bomber variant today is the Su-24M, which was introduced in 1983.
The Sukhoi SU24-MK Fencer features extended wing roots to accommodate two extra external weapons pylons, a shorter nose radome which houses an improved TFR system and a forward-looking attack radar. Near the nose-wheel door is a Kaira-24 laser/designator to be used with laser guided weapons, while up to two AAMs can be used for self defence. A combat capable reconnaissance variant also exists. The SU24-MK Fencer has an extremely high fuel capacity, enabling it to penetrate deep into enemy territory. Comparible to the similar Tornado strike aircraft, the Su-24 is approximately 50% more powerful. It has been exported to Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
General Data Sukhoi SU24-MK Fencer
Prime contractor: Sukhoi Design Bureau
Nation of origin: Soviet Union
In-service year: 1983
Engine: Two Lyulka AL-21F-3A afterburning turbojets, 24,690 lb thrust each
Fully swept: 10.36 m / 34 ft
Fully spread: 17.64 m / 57 ft 11 in
Length: 24.59 m / 80 ft 8 in
Height: 6.19 m / 20 ft 4 in
Weight: 41,885 lb empty / 87,520 lb max. take off
Ceiling: 57,400 ft
Speed, high altitude: 2,317 km/h / 1,440 mph
Speed, sea level: 1,320 km/h / 820 mph
Armament: One GSh-6-23 23mm six-barrel cannon, plus 17,637 lb including AAMs, laser-guided
bombs, TV-guided bombs, gun pods, nuclear weapons, rockets, and four drop tanks carried on
nine external points