|This page is about the strike aircraft Su-22M4 (Germany). For other versions, see Su-17/22 (Family).|
During the 1980s, the Soviet Union and its allies began adopting upgraded variants of the Su-17 fighter-bomber, which was exported as the "Su-22" for Soviet allies. The East German air force would receive 48 of the latest Su-22M4 fighter bomber, along with 8 of the twin-seat Su-22UM-3K trainer aircraft. The German Su-22s would serve as a frontline strike aircraft for the Warsaw Pact countries, and as a primary line of attack during a possible war with NATO. The Su-22M4s would remain in East German service until the re-unification of Germany, when almost all of the German Su-22s were either scrapped or sold off as they were incompatible with NATO hardware and standards. Only a few Su-22M4s were kept and repainted in Luftwaffe liveries for briefly serving as evaluation and testing aircraft.
Introduced in Update "La Royale" as a continuation of the fighter-bomber line, following its weaker brother, the Su-22UM3K, in the tech tree, the Su-22M4 is the top-range Su-17/22 model, and is nearly identical to the Su-17M4 in the Soviet aircraft tree. This aircraft is characterized by its upgrades over its predecessor in the tree, mainly in that it can carry advanced guided ordnance such TV guided weapons in addition to the familiar laser guided ordnance. The aircraft is also no slouch in the air-to-air department either, now carrying over 250 countermeasures and the all-aspect R-60MK missiles, delivered swiftly to the enemy's location using the upgraded engine and avionics. All in all, this aircraft serves as a true titan of multirole performance for the aircraft of the German top ranks, excelling at both air to air and air to ground tasks, making it a force to be reckoned with in mixed battles.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max speed
(km/h at _,___ m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< ___||< ___||< ___||-|
|Engine name||Number||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Saturn AL-21F-3||1||11,245 kg||438 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|
|Weight (each)||Type||12m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||40m fuel|
|1,800 kg||Afterburning axial-flow turbojet||12,385 kg||13,102 kg||14,031 kg||15,045 kg||19,302 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||12m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||40m fuel||MGW|
|Stationary||6,400 kgf||9,039 kgf||0.73||0.69||0.64||0.60||0.47|
|Optimal|| 7,232 kgf
| 13,188 kgf
Survivability and armour
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
|CCIP (Guns)||CCIP (Rockets)||CCIP (Bombs)||CCRP (Bombs)|
The Su-22M4 (Germany) is armed with:
- A choice between two presets:
- 2 x 30 mm NR-30 cannons, wing root-mounted (80 rpg = 160 total)
- 2 x 30 mm NR-30 cannons + 256 x countermeasures + 12 x large calibre countermeasures
The Su-22M4 (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
|23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg)||1||1||1||1|
|100 kg OFAB-100 bombs||5||1||4||4||1||5|
|250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs||1||1||3||3||1||1|
|250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs||1||1||3||3||1||1|
|500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs||1||1||2||2||1||1|
|500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs||1||1||2||2||1||1|
|ZB-500 incendiary bombs||1||1||1||1|
|800 l drop tanks||1||1|
| Maximum permissible loadout weight: 4,160 kg|
Maximum permissible wing load: 2,100 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 700 kg
|Default weapon presets|
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
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|Germany jet aircraft|
|Ar 234||Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3|
|He 162||He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2|
|Ho 229||Ho 229 V3|
|Me 163||Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0|
|Me 262 A||Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a|
|Me 262 C||Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b|
|Tornado||◄Tornado IDS ASSTA1 · ◄Tornado IDS|
|◄CL-13A Mk 5 · ◄CL-13B Mk.6 · ◄F-86K|
|◄F-4F Early · ◄F-4F|
|◄MiG-21 SPS-K · ◊MiG-21MF · ◊MiG-21bis-SAU · ◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"|
|◊MiG-23BN · ◊MiG-23MF · ◊MiG-23MLA|
|◊MiG-29 · ◄MiG-29G|
|◊Su-22UM3K · ◊Su-22M4|
|Britain||◄Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ◌Hunter F.58 (Swiss)|
|Italy||◄G.91 R/3 · ◄G.91 R/4|