Ukrainian Su-27s came to protect the skies of Bakhmut

Su-27 fighter of the Ukrainian Air Force over Bakhmut. January 2023. Ukraine
Su-27 fighter of the Ukrainian Air Force over Bakhmut. January 2023. Ukraine
© Photo: A frame from an Al Jazeera video
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: January 22 2023 at 07:05 pm

The Ukrainian Air Force deployed Su-27 multipurpose fighters in the direction of Bakhmut.

Journalists of the international television company Al Jazeera showed footage of a Ukrainian fighter jet in Donetsk region .

In the presented video footage from Al Jazeera, you can see the moment when the Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet flew over Bakhmut.

The plane was flying at a low altitude. The purpose of using combat aircraft in this direction remains unknown.

The frontline city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine has been the center of intense fighting for several months.

Such fighters are often used by the Ukrainian Air Force, usually to launch American AGM-88 HARM missiles.

In September of last year, it became known that the Ukrainian Su-27s were adapted for AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles, which are supposed to hit Russian radars.

After the collapse of the USSR, only about 30 Su-27 aircraft went to Belarus and 74 aircraft went to independent Ukraine.

In addition, all the machines received by Ukraine were quite "young", in addition, the Su-27 has a greater resource compared to the MiG-29.

Fighter Su 27 PS of the ZSU
Fighter Su 27 PS of the ZSU. September 2020. Photo: Dmytro Muravskyi

In 2013, Ukraine managed to overhaul 6 machines, while it was carried out at the expense of "technical cannibalism".

These Su-27s in the new "digital" camouflage have become a kind of symbol of the Air Force of Ukraine.

Sump Su 27 in Myrhorod, 2008
Sump Su 27 in Myrhorod, 2008

At the beginning of the Crimean events, the Ukrainian Air Force had 24 aircraft: 5 in the 39th Separate Tactical Aviation Squadron, 15 in the 831st Guards Tactical Aviation Brigade, and 5 in MiGremont. Another 32 sides were in a sump at the Myrhorod airfield, 4 in Ozernoy, which began to be restored.

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