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    Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov: News #3

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    Post  lancelot Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:04 pm

    Those Su-33 can likely be easily upgraded to something similar to the Su-27SM3 level. That would add air to ground and anti-ship capability.
    I think that is what they are planning to do with them.
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    Post  Isos Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:22 pm

    lancelot wrote:Those Su-33 can likely be easily upgraded to something similar to the Su-27SM3 level. That would add air to ground and anti-ship capability.
    I think that is what they are planning to do with them.

    More likely not upgrading them and use only mig-29kr. Su-33 will be used from land as much as they can before being removed.

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    Post  GarryB Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:46 am

    I think the added flight range of the Su-33 would be useful in some situations, so having a couple of them on board as well as their main aircraft the MiG-29KR would be useful.

    Remember the MiG is in two and single seat models so it effectively replaces some Su-33s in the fighter role, but eliminates the Su-25 in the training role.

    Note the carrier based Su-25s did not have weapon pylons and were not armed so they were only landing and takeoff training aircraft.

    They might have been able to carry aerial targets in a target towing system too but the MiGs could do that as well.

    They already said the Su-33s had upgrades to allow high altitude bombing with decent accuracy to be performed which would require significant upgrades to an aircraft that was essentially an Su-27 with no ground mapping/targeting capacity...

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