11 Feb '18, 8am

Sukhois sizzle in #Singapore @airforcenextgen #RMAF #TUDM

Sukhois sizzle in #Singapore @airforcenextgen #RMAF #TUDM

‘FAB’ hauls his gargantuan Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker into a gentle left turn, plugs the ‘burners for some airspeed and levels off before pulling back on the stick and grabbing sky like a moon-bound Saturn V. Outside, vortices stream from the multirole fighter’s canard foreplanes as moisture is literally squeezed from the humid Singapore air. The humidity is a God-send for those looking for some spectacular ‘vapes’. “One thousand… two thousand… three thousand…” Have a good one sir! Sukhoi 1’s crew chief climbs down the ladder as Fab and Bashful continue strap in to prepare for their routine. The large glass dome on the left is the infra-red search-and-track (IRST) ball, which allows the Flanker to acquire and track targets passively, without tipping off its adversary. The four blade aerials slightly offset to the right are for the Flanker’s Combined Interrogator Transponder (...

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