Ukraine Fighter Pilot Not Afraid of Russia!

After Russian invasion, Ukrainian Su-27 packs a whopping 10 missiles

War Is Boring
Mar 3, 2014 · 2 min read

A new—and frankly startling—photo depicts a heavily-armed Ukrainian air force Su-27 Flanker on patrol on March 1 following the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

The photo by Andrey Rakul, published at, features Su-27 “45 Blue” at an undisclosed location, possibly Mirgorod air base in central Ukraine, home of the air force’s only Su-27 squadron.

Andrew Rakul photo via

45 Blue bristles with no fewer than 10 air-to-air missiles—arguably one of the heaviest air combat load-outs ever on an operational warplane. The missiles include six Vympel R-27 long-range semi-active-radar homers plus four Vympel R-73 short-range infrared models. The Russian-made Su-27 also packs a 30-millimeter cannon.

The Ukrainian air force operates around 250 warplanes including up to 42 Su-27s, although most of the Flankers are grounded pending repairs or upgrades. 45 Blue and presumably other Ukrainian Su-27s have begun flying with 10 air-to-air missiles apparently as part of Kiev’s mobilization for possible war with Russia.

Sign up for a daily War is Boring email update here. Subscribe to WIB’s RSS feed here and follow the main page here.

War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics…

War Is Boring

Written by

We go to war so you don’t have to

War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world

More From Medium

More from War Is Boring

Top on Medium

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade