The first two S-52 (iaw factory designation) were rolled out in 1972 from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant for state tests. The new aircraft has increased bombing load of 4 tones and upgraded avionic. The old laser rangefinder was replaced by "Klyon-PS" laser designator station, a new autopilot computer SAU-22M1 and innovative “Bereza-L” radar –warning system were also installed. At the first stage of flight tests a lot of malfunctions of the ASP-17BC gyro-gunsight have occurred, which have been fixed later on.
The S-52 entered service in the USSR Air Forces in July 1981 as Sukhoi Su-17M3. Its export version was designated Su-22M3.
Since 1978 the plane has been manufactured with lengthen winglets and ventral fin. Starting with the 54th production batch, the aircraft was capable of using Kh-27PS, Kh-25MP, Kh-58U rockets.
For more than 25 years, the Su-17M3 has been involved in various military conflicts, including the Soviet-Afghan war, where has proven itself a reliable and robust machine.
|Minimum age||For modellers 14+|
|Country of origin||Ukraine|