This is coolbert:
From that prior blog entry:
"Satellite imagery obtained by Jane's shows Su-33 jets and one MiG-29KR previously aboard the carrier [Kuznetsov] now stationed at the Hmeymim air base"
That Su-33 as among those warplanes carried by the Russian aircraft carrier unknown to me.
"The Sukhoi Su-33 . . . NATO reporting name: Flanker-D is an all-weather carrier-based twin-engine air superiority fighter designed by Sukhoi . . . derived from the Su-27 'Flanker' and initially known as the Su-27K. Compared with the Su-27, the Su-33 has a strengthened undercarriage and structure, folding wings and stabilators, all for carrier operations. The Su-33 has canards and its wings are larger than the Su-27 for increased lift. The Su-33 has upgraded engines and a twin nose wheel, and is air refuel-able."
Flanker-D a modified Su-27. As modified for carrier operations!
"A stabilator, sometimes referred to as an all-moving tail, is a fully movable aircraft horizontal stabilizer. In this type of installation, the entire horizontal tail surface is responsive to pilot control wheel or control stick inputs."
"First used in operations in 1995 aboard the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the fighter officially entered service in August 1998, by which time the designation 'Su-33' was used. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the subsequent downsizing of the Russian Navy, only 24 aircraft were produced."
NO MORE FLANKER-D IN PRODUCTION AND NEVER WILL BE?
KUZNETSOV NOW SANS WARPLANES. ORGANIC ASSETS NOW SHORE-BASED IN TOTALITY? HOW HUMILIATING!