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This page is about the Soviet jet fighter MiG-27K. For the other MiG-27, see MiG-27M.
MiG-27K
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MiG-27K
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Description

Following the introduction of the MiG-27 into the Soviet Air Force in the mid 1970s, a major upgrade program was initiated by Mikoyan OKB to overhaul the MiG-27's capabilities. This program included the addition of the powerful Kayra-23 laser-optical sight and targeting system, permitting the aircraft to use laser and TV-guided ordnance, along with many upgrades to the avionics and airframe. In the end, this heavily upgraded variant entered service as the MiG-27K, with a large order for the Soviet Air Force. However, due to lack of funding and the high costs, the Soviet Air Force would cut their MiG-27K order in half, and instead order the other half to be a cheaper variant. Mikoyan OKB would then develop the MiG-27M as the "cheaper" upgraded variant.

The MiG-27K, introduced in Update "Winged Lions", is the epitome of single seat Soviet swing-wing ground attack aircraft. Combining major upgrades in avionics, ordnance, and targeting systems into one of the most lethal CAS aircraft of its battle rating, the MiG-27K is truly a force to be reckoned from both the air and the ground. Striking ground targets in mixed battles is easy for this plane, thanks to the strong targeting systems and abundance of laser and TV guided weaponry. The aircraft is no slouch either in air battles, carrying enough bombs to level one base in addition to its full complement of air-to-air missiles and great low altitude flight performance already familiar to pilots of the preceding MiG-27M.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 13 000 m2 200 km/h
Turn time36 s
Max altitude15 000 m
EngineTumansky R-29B-300
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight20 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,182 2,172 15000 36.6 36.8 133.9 127.3 750
Upgraded 2,220 2,200 35.4 36.0 177.4 154.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,417 630 N/A 508 473 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 675 < 650 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-29B-300 1 11,605 kg 419 - 472 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel
1,780 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 12,964 kg 13,912 kg 15,065 kg 16,135 kg 20,760 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel MTOW
Stationary 7,950 kgf 10,208 kgf 0.79 0.73 0.68 0.63 0.49
Optimal 8,268 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
12,633 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
0.97 0.91 0.84 0.78 0.61

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear630 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 777 → 4 068 Sl icon.png
RB8 167 → 11 964 Sl icon.png
SB9 562 → 14 008 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications296 200 Rp icon.png
461 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training270 000 Sl icon.png
Experts950 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 210 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 320 / 540 % Sl icon.png
244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
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New boosters
Research:
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Cost:
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
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G-suit
Research:
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Cost:
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
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GSh-30-2K_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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FAB-250
Research:
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Cost:
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370 Ge icon.png
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ZB-500
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Kh-23M
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
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GSh-30-2K_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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FAB-500
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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B-8M1
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Kh-25
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod SPPU-22-01
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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KAB-500L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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S-24
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
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Kh-29L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ns23_belt_pack
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
590 Ge icon.png
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KAB-500Kr
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
590 Ge icon.png
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EFS
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
590 Ge icon.png
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R-60M
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
590 Ge icon.png
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Kh-29T
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-6-30 (30 mm)

The MiG-27K is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon, belly-mounted (300 rpg)
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon + 72 x large calibre countermeasures

Suspended armament

The MiG-27K can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg) 1 1
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 1 4 4 4 1 4
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg KAB-500Kr bombs 1* 1* 1* 1*
500 kg KAB-500L bombs 1* 1* 1* 1*
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1
S-5K rockets 32 32 32 32
S-8KO rockets 20 20 20 20
S-24B rockets 1 1 1 1
Kh-23M missiles 1 1
Kh-25ML missiles 1* 1* 1* 1*
Kh-29L missiles 1* 1*
Kh-29T missiles 1* 1*
R-13M1 missiles 1 1
R-60M missiles 2 2
Delta-NG targeting pod 1
800 l drop tanks 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 700 kg
* KAB-500Kr and KAB-500L bombs, Kh-25ML, Kh-29L, and Kh-29T missiles cannot be mixed, only one type may be carried across hardpoints
It is required to equip the Delta-NG targeting pod with the Kh-23M missiles
Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 800 l drop tank
  • 2 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles
  • 22 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (2,200 kg total)
  • 7 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (1,750 kg total)
  • 7 x 250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs (1,750 kg total)
  • 7 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (3,500 kg total)
  • 5 x 500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs (2,500 kg total)
  • 4 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs
  • 4 x 500 kg KAB-500Kr bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg KAB-500L bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 128 x S-5K rockets
  • 80 x S-8KO rockets
  • 4 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x Kh-23M missiles
  • 4 x Kh-25ML missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29L missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29T missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)

As mentioned before, the MiG-27K's arsenal is largely the same as the MiG-27M's. Unguided options include bombs, rockets, and gun pods and the TV guided weapons are still the Kh-29T missile and KAB-500Kr bomb. These two weapon categories function more or less the same as the MiG-27M. The real stars of the show are now the laser-guided weapons: the familiar Kh-25ML and Kh-29L missiles are far easier to use with the MiG-27K's optics, which have high zoom and a wide field of view akin to an attack helicopter. It is now possible to designate and track targets from long distances and indirect angles, which makes flying the aircraft in attack approaches much easier. The new KAB-500L laser-guided bombs are an extra option for those who want precise and powerful explosions that can take out clustered targets, but they are slower than the air-to-ground missiles and may be trickier to guide due to their unpowered nature.

Usage in battles

General Tactics

The user is able to utilise the MiG-27K's powerful ordinance and long range to eliminate many ground vehicles in a single pass. The MiG-27K can be used to destroy enemy vehicles from an extreme range. The pilot of the aircraft should ensure that they manage targets effectively to destroy as many enemies as possible and keeping themselves alive. It should be noted that a MiG-27K can single-handedly change the course of a game if handled correctly, avoiding SPAA and enemy jets by giving them a small window of opportunity to counter the MiG-27K.

From the perspective of the ground player, the MiG-27K can be rather terrifying. The capabilities of the vehicle come from its range, speed and potent weapons. This allows the MiG to only reveal itself for an extremely short amount of time, only appearing when striking targets from a distance. A main battle tank has a close to zero chance of being able to do anything against the MiG-27K, and that is what makes it so terrifying.

The pilot should, however, keep an eye out for other enemy aircraft, as the MiG-27K has a limited amount of chaff and flares and a poor selection of air-to-air missiles for its position in the tech tree. Avoiding SPAA is imperative as vehicles such as the notorious FlaRakRad will have a field day with a MiG if flown incorrectly.

Using air-to-ground missiles

It is suggested to use air-to-ground missiles against targets such as SPAA and tanks. The KH-25ML, KH-29L and KH-29T rockets are excellent examples of powerful ordanance that can be employed to destroy multiple targets in a single pass. A massive advantage of using these missiles is that they are extremely potent, and therefore the pilot doesn't need to worry about where he is aiming, as long as he hits the target.

Firstly, the pilot must be aware of the current situation on the battlefield, and create a list of targets that are imperative to winning the battle. If enemies are overrunning a point, for example, the MiG-27K can be used to relieve pressure on the team and destroy targets capturing the point. In doing this, the pilot should manage their altitude in order to avoid SPAA fire as best they can, and using their targeting pod to guide missiles in to high-priority targets.

MiG-27k using high-zoom optics to seek a target at a range of almost 10 kilometres away.

This can be done from any altitude, but a lower one is more reliable as it gives the SPAA player a shorter time to react, lock and fire upon the MiG-27K. Use your high speed to evacuate the danger zone after a pass, re-evaluate the situation and go in for more targets. Once you are out of missiles, simply rush to the airfield and ensure that you re-arm and refuel. Take off once again and continue the process of evaluating targets, taking them out and re-positioning, keeping the enemies guessing as to where you are. The benefits of using guided missiles are the fact that they have high battlefield maneuverability, allowing them to be fired when the MiG-27K is not facing its target.

Using guided bombs

Guided bombs such as the KAB-500L and KAB-500Kr bombs have an enhanced range due to them being unpowered and droppable from any height.

This means that the MiG-27K pilot can climb to extreme altitude, avoiding SPAA's attention, and carefully selecting targets based on the situation they find themselves in. However, an altitude of over 10,000 metres or 33,000 feet should be avoided, as several SPAAs are designed specifically for destroying high-flying aircraft.

Guided bombs can be used to quietly eliminate targets from such a distance that they were not even aware the MiG was in the area, allowing for multiple targets to be acquired and destroyed on a single pass. This allows them to take out targets and re-arm without any realistic threat from the ground. However, this leaves the MiG vulnerable to other aircraft that are capable of firing missiles that can destroy their vehicle from many miles away - namely the FlaRakRad and the ADATS weapon systems.

Up Close & Personal

The MiG-27K has one final ace up its sleeve. The infamous GSh-6-30 cannon, mounted on the bottom of the vehicle.

It is not advised to use the cannon, as it leaves the pilot vulnerable to SPAA strikes. However, some situations call for a desperate attempt to thwart the enemy advance, and the GSh-6-30 is more than capable of doing this. Equipped with 300 rounds of ammunition, the 30 mm cannon will shred any lightly armoured vehicle with ease. Heavier armour, such as Leopard MBTs and Abrams MBTs can also be approached, albeit from the top. Getting rounds through the top of the turret will vaporise crew members and components inside, resulting in the temporary crippling of the vehicle or outright destruction. Ammo loads are often ignited by the cannon, rendering the tank useless unless it re-arms.

SPAA vehicles will have an extremely difficult time defending against the cannon if caught unaware, as it will easily destroy most SPAA vehicles with a few rounds. However, spawn invulnerability may play a large part into the demise of the "brawling" playstyle, as invincible SPAA will cause a large issue for the MiG-27K on the exit of the gunrun.

Another point should be made on overcommitting to the airstrike, as the MiG-27K is not as manoeuvrable as other aircraft. This means that the plane will not pull up as violently as one might want it to when in a dive, resulting the pilot ploughing into the ground at Mach 1.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Ability to equip 4 devastating air-to-ground missiles
  • Supersonic aircraft capable of re-arming quickly
  • Access to guided bombs and effective munition, able to outrange some SPAA found at this rank
  • Effective targeting pod with high sight range, upwards of 15 km in good visibility

Cons:

  • Low amount of ordinance compared to more modern vehicles at the same rank
  • Lack of thermal targeting pod means vehicle is rendered inadequate in poor weather conditions
  • Poor selection of air-to-air missiles compared to other vehicles with more modern air-to-air capabilities
  • Less manoeuvrable than other vehicles that can be faced at this rank
  • Vulnerable to AAA due to its large radar signature

History

The MiG-27K is the final Soviet version of the MiG-27 ground attack aircraft, derived from the MiG-23. This variant of the MiG-27 differs from previous versions mainly through the inclusion of an onboard laser designator and compatibility with TV-guided weapons systems.

The MiG-27K is a variant of the MiG-27, a ground-attack aircraft derived from the earlier MiG-23. Compared to the MiG-23, the MiG-27 featured a revised downward-sloping nose, leading the aircraft to be nicknamed "Balkon" ("Balcony") because of its improved frontal visibility. The aircraft also had simpler non-variable intake ramps and a fixed engine nozzle, leading to weight savings. In accordance with its ground attack role, the MiG-27 lacked a radar and was instead fitted with ground attack systems.

The MiG-27K followed the previous MiG-27M as the ultimate variant of the MiG-27 in Soviet service. The most notable change was the addition of a laser designator and targeting pod in the nose of the aircraft. Additionally, the aircraft gained the ability to carry TV-guided munitions. In total, roughly 200 MiG-27Ks were built for the Soviet air force.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
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