Polish Tiger

A fantastic looking Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G variable geometry sweep wing two seat combat trainer, sporting a mean looking NATO Tiger Meet exercise livery at Radom Air Show 2017. I made the journey there to see the last operational Fitters in Europe and was not disappointed with this great air show!

Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G variable geometry sweep wing two seat combat trainer, sporting a mean looking NATO Tiger Meet exercise livery at Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
Easy Tiger! Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
A great looking NATO Tiger Meet livery scheme! Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
A photographers dream – Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G at Radom Air Show 2017

In 2017 the Polish continued to operate 32 Su-22’s (of an original 110 aircraft delivered in the 1980’s, during the old Warsaw Pact days) – a mix of mostly single seat Su-22M4 Fitter K fighter bomber aircraft and a smaller number of Su-22UM3K Fitter G combat trainers. They are operated by the 40th Tactical Squadron based at the 21st Tactical Air Base in Świdwin in north east Poland.

Su-22M4 Polish Air Force opening flypast Radom Air Show 2017
Sukhoi Su-22M4 Fitter strike aircraft of the Polish Air Force at the opening of the Radom Air Show 2017

In 2014 it was decided that 12 M4 and 6 UM models would be refitted by the WZL-2 plant at Bydgoszcz in Poland to keep them flying until at least 2025. The refit was reasonably basic with only new cockpit avionics, radio and flight recorder – these old Soviet era Cold War warriors were built to last!

Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
Poland plan to keep SU-22’s flying until 2025 – there is lots of life left in this Cold War Warrior – Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
A good look at the entire NATO Tiger Meet livery – Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
A closer look – Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G NATO Tiger Meet livery at Radom Air Show 2017
Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G – Radom Air Show 2017

The Lyulka AL-21F3 afterburning turbojet engine of the 18 aircraft were also overhauled by the WZL-4 plant in Warsaw. Apparently, despite their age, the Su-22’s are easier to maintain (and presumably cheaper) than more modern types such as the MiG-29 and F-16C/D also operated by the Polish Air Force!

References:

Combat Aircraft – Fabulous “Fitters”

Wikipedia – Sukhoi Su-17

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