Title: Sukhoi Su-24: Famous Russian Aircraft
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
Book Condition: New
Num Pages: 320 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: HBW; JWG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 227 x 290 x 26. Weight in Grams: 1656. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781857803709
Synopsis: Developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the Su-24 tactical bomber has become one of the most successful aircraft in its class. Featuring delta wings and auxiliary lift engines meant to improve its field performance, the first prototype turned out to be more of a liability than an asset and the aircraft was redesigned to have variable geometry wings.
The Su-24 had its baptism of fire in the Afghan War and was also exported to Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Libya and Syria, seeing action in some of these countries. At home, Russian Air Force Su-24s were heavily involved in the first and second Chechen campaigns and the type has undergone a mid-life update allowing it to carry precision-guided munitions, and is still going strong.
Illustrated with over 750 photographs, many previously unpublished, as well as line drawings, color side views, insignia, unit badges and nose art this latest addition to the Famous Russian Aircraft series will be of interest to aviation enthusiasts and scale modelers alike.
From the Back Cover: The Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer twinjet tactical bomber has been one of the most successful aircraft in its class. The first prototype featured delta wings auxiliary lift engines, which were dropped in favor of variable-geometry, and in time this adaptable platform has served in a variety of roles. A mid-life update allowed it to carry precision-guided munitions and new targeting systems led to the emergence of the more effective Su-22M, which in turn, became the basis for the SU-24MR and Su-24MP ECM variants.
In this book, the latest in the Famous Russian Aircraft series, the Su-24s protracted development and refinement are fully described in technical detail, weapons, systems and service use. Additionally, there are closely-detailed production lists, operator listings, a review of accident attrition and copious illustrations including around 660 photos, over 120 specially-commissioned color side-views, cutaway and other drawings, plus insignia, unit badges and nose art.
Chapters cover peacetime operations and combat service including the Afghan War and both Chechen campaigns, as well as foreign service including combat action with Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Libya and Syria. With over 1,500 Su-24s built from 1970 to 1993, it looks set to remain in service for at least another decade until sufficient numbers of its successor, the Su-34, can be brought into service. Its importance to the Soviet Union and Russia cannot be overstated.
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