GarryB wrote:Having the catapult launch would actually make them safer to launch from between engine nacelles than R-27s in practise.
I hope they have them on those two pylons there. In that photo I posted, it shows the furthest rear mounted R-27 and then there's another pylon forward of that for another missile which I didn't know existed until I saw that pic. But you're right, having a catapult to safely toss them away from such a volatile area right between the engines would be a better idea, I would think.
BTW, speaking of that R-27 tucked between the two engines, I found it fascinating that they would have one on there during one of their amazing acrobatic air shows. If you look at this video, aside from the heart-stopping performance of the Su-35, why on earth is there an R-27 mounted on that one rear pylon between the engines during an airshow?! I'm guessing the missile is almost certainly inert? Even so, any idea if there's a reason for that?
You can clearly see it right at minute 0:36 of this video.
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