Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator: The Flying Legend

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Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator: The Flying Legend


Hi and welcome to by 5th suggestion, which is about the Su-37 Terminator :popcorn:

After I already suggested other 4 / 4+ / 4++ gen Flankers, its time for the final 4th gen multi-role fighter by Sukhoi. I dont see it coming within the next 2 years, thats for shure, but try to stop me XD

First of all:

  • This is a suggestion for an Aircraft we could see in game at some point in the Future , that doesn´t mean next Patch or somewhere in the near Future
  • I don´t want to force Gaijin to rush Top-tier aviation in any way
  • Feel free to share more Data and / or correct me if something is wrong
  • Discuss respectfully, any aggressive kind or verbal abuse will be reported, the Forum rules also apply here
  • FOX-3 on all aircraft in game (when added) could be balanced by limit them to a max. of 2 - 4x missiles and making them not such strong as in RL or DCS (my opinion)

Basic Background:

Versions of the Su-27, such as the Su-27M (T-10M) modernized fighters designed and produced on order from the Russian Air Force in the 1980s, had been demonstrated at international air shows under the name Su-35 since 1992. These were equiped with the Bars-R PESA Radar, made for the Su-30MKI and later domestic Su-30SM, Canards as the Su-33 has, and the newer Saturn AL-31FM1 turbofan engines, with increased thrust. Mainly only prototypes of the Su-27M aka Su-35 were built in series - only three serial Su-35 were actually built and put into service, these had the Serial-numbers Red 86, 87 and 88 - almost all the prototypes had different cockpit configurations, as well as slightly different tail fins. The Su-27M / Su-35 have following Serial-numbers: 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, 709, 710, 712 - White 711 received 2D thrust vectoring Saturn AL-37FU and has been renamed to Su-37, cashed 2002 after engine failure - 710 served as the testbed for the Saturn AL-41F-1S. The three Serial Su-35s, as well as the Su-27M 703 and 712 were awarded to Russian Knights aerobatic team and painted in their colorsare. All other were scrapped or serve as exhibits today. The T-10M project extinguished in 1996.

The first flight of the Su-37 prototype was in April 1996. This was followed by a demonstration flight at the Farnborough 1996 Airshow.

The Aircraft demonstrated new manoeuvres, such as the ability to point the nose away from direction of flight for sustained periods, rotating the nose through 360° and recovering from tail slide by rolling into an entirely different plane. State funding for the aircraft was withdrawn for a time, but restored in 1999. However in 2002, the Su-37 crashed, what practicly ended the programme. The Su-37 technology and modernisations did however make it into new Flanker variants such as the Su-35S Flanker-M and the Su-30SM Flanker-H.


The Su-37 Terminator, was the second last of the twelve Su-27M / Su-35 Flanker-E prototypes that were built (T-10M-11). However, this is the only one that had engines with 2D Thrust Vectoring and almost the thrust of the AL-41F-1S (140kN), which later followed with the T-10BM. Otherwise the Su-37 was very similar to its brothers and sisters, Bars-R PESA Radar, Canards, L150 Pastel` RWR and more.


Armament of Su-37 (game relevant):

Guns: 1x GSh-30-1 (30 x 165mm, 150 rounds)
    1500 – 1800 rpm
    muzzle velocity of 870 m/s (1800m range)
AAM, up to (12 Pylons):
    8x R-27ER
    2x R-27ET
    6x R-73 RMD-1 / M
    10x R-77 / -1
Bombs / guided Bombs, up to:
    6x KAB 500KR
    3x KAB-1500KR /L
    8x FAB-500T
    28x OFAB-250-270
    32x FAB-100-120
Air-to-Ground Missiles, up to:
    6x Kh-29T / TE / L
    6x Kh-31AD (upgraded Anti-Ship missile)
    6x Kh-31PD (upgraded Anti-Radiation missile)
    2x Kh-59ME* / MK (*requires APK-9ME Datalink pod)
    4x S-25L
Unguided Rockets (in total), up to:
    80x S-8 (4 pods)
    20x S-13 (4 pods)
    4x S-25 (2x twin pod)


Specifications and Internal:


General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 22.18 m
Wingspan: 14.70 m
Height: 6.43 m
Wing area: 62.04 m2
Empty weight: 16,870 kg
Loaded weight: 26,700 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 34,000 kg
Fuel capacity: 11.500 kg (internally)
Powerplant; AL-31FU
    (static) dry thrust: 86,3kN
    (static) afterburner thrust: 137kN
    (static) full afterburner thurst: 142,2kN


Maximum speed, Mach 2.25:
    1450km/h at sea level
    2284km/h at altitude
Operation celling: 18.000 m
Service ceiling: 17.750 m
Rate of climb: >280 m/s
Wing loading:
    min. 297 kg/m2
    max. 548 kg/m2
Thrust/weight (with afterburner):
    max.: 1.58
    mid.:  1.09 (50% fuel)
    min.:  0.85
Maximum g-load: +9g / -3g

    2x L-175W Khibiny-W ECM jammer pods
    APP-50A and APP 50MA give a total 98 Flares / Chaffs, or 196 Flares or Chaffs, of caliber 50mm (historically not mounted, but technically possible)

    IRST OLS-27
        120° FOV
        Azimuth: +/- 60°
        Elevation: 60° / -15°
        Big search field: 60° x 10°
        Small search field: 20° x 5°
        Close combat mode: 3° x 3° (vertical)
    Laser ranger (300-3000m range)
    L150 RWR 

AL-31FU Engines and 2D Thrust-Vectoring:

The AL-31FU, also known as AL-37FU, features thrust vectoring control in pitch only with deflection angles up to ±15°. Production standard engines centrainly feature thrust vector controll in pitch and yaw. The axisymmetric thrust rotary nozzles have a diiferntial defelction of up to ±15°. JSC Corporation Irkut states: “Depending on the upcomming manouevre, the nozzles may vary in synchronism with horizontal tail assambly or sepreatly from it.”


Thanks for your time, hope you liked it :salute:

[Will add more if there are some (more) important / declassified things]

[PM or comment if a Link or Picture isn´t working]



Su-37 Terminator, Sukhoi - FIGHTER PLANES


MILAVIA Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator

Su-37 “Terminator” – Su-27 Flanker Family

Su-27M (Su-35) – Su-27 Flanker Family

Su-37: ein ruiniertes Projekt

Истребитель Су-37 Терминатор - экспериментальный многоцелевой российский самолет, история создания, конструкция и вооружение, характеристики и возможности, достоинства и недостатки | Aircraft Museum - Su-37 'Flanker'

PDF Document - The Military Balance 2021

Books (sorted by priority):
-Sukhoi Su-27 - Yefim Gordon - Midland Publishing 2007
-Su-27 The History of the Fighter - Andrei Fomin - Publishing 2004


Despite the name its worse than the most Su-30 or Su-35 variants, but it would definitely make a good event or premium jet, its simply too unique to be in the main TT.

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I believe the same.

will it be a strike aircraft below the su 25 t or a fghter bellow the su 17 m4?

I’ll definitely buy it lol