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MAKS 2019: modernization of the Su-24
Several enhancements of the Sukhoi Su-24 were introduced on occasion of the MAKS 2019 Air Show. © DR

MAKS 2019: modernization of the Su-24

This ground-attack aircraft or gunship, representing for many Russian military the key to anti-terrorist operations in Syria, has here been significantly enhanced.

While Mil introduced the helicopter MI-171H and MI-28NE geared toward special forces, the Belarusian center 558 widely communicated about the modernization of the Sukhoi Su-24. This ground-attack aircraft or gunship, representing for many Russian military the key to anti-terrorist operations in Syria, has here been significantly enhanced. The cockpit is now equipped with modern avionics (Hud, MFD). As for the new navigation system, it enables bombing at over 5,000 m, with a target accuracy at 100 km, reduced from 700 to 15 m. Eight missiles C-13 as well as two air-to-air missiles R-73 have been added to its arsenal. As for the two new air-to-surface missiles X-29T and the four planing bombs KAB-500 Kr they are equipped with video active radar homing. Above all, the Su-24 will also integrate the new satellite electronic war pod M2 based on the technology DRFM, to decoy most of the Western surface-to-air defense system as well as radars AESA of the most recent fighter aircraft (Rafale F3, F-18 E/F, F-35, Gripen E, J-20, etc.) not forgetting their missiles (AIM-120, METEOR, etc.). The technical documentation mentions frequencies ranging from 4 to 18 GHz as well as 800 W of power.

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