29 Jun '12, 4pm

Russia Grounds SU-27 Fleet After Thursday Crash: Moscow Times is reporting the Russian Air Force has grounded it...

Russia Grounds SU-27 Fleet After Thursday Crash: Moscow Times is reporting the Russian Air Force has grounded it...

Moscow Times is reporting the Russian Air Force has grounded its SU-27 fleet after a fourth generation fighter crashed Thursday in Russia’s Far East killing one pilot and injuring the other. Russian Air Force officials expect the investigation into the crash to last up to 30 days. Flights have been suspended until the conclusion of the investigation. Russia built the SU-27 to compete with America’s F-15. About 450 SU-27 Flankers make up the Russian fleet while another 200 have been shipped to Russian allies such as China. There have been no reports of other countries grounding their SU-27 fleets. Investigators have recovered the flight recorders. Officials told Moscow Times the crash was likely caused by pilot error or technical problems with the onboard flight system. There’s also the possibility the crash was caused by a bird. Considering Russia’s flagging defense budget...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/06/29/russia-grounds-su-27-fl...

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