Su-7B

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This page is about the Soviet strike aircraft Su-7B. For other versions, see Su-7 (Family).
Su-7B
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Su-7B
AB RB SB
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Description

The Su-7B is a rank VI Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/SB) and 9.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

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 11 000 m2 232 km/h
Turn time27 s
Max altitude19 000 m
EngineSaturn AL-7F-1-100
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t

The Su-7B is characterised by a low BR for a supersonic jet and amazing acceleration. With a 1-1 thrust-weight ratio when at optimal fuel load and spaded, it can reliably punch above its weight. The Sukhoi accelerates extremely well, outspeeding every supersonic at its BR except for MiG-21s. The manoeuvrability isn't bad, either - It can easily turn with supersonic aircraft such as MiG-21s, Harriers or A-7s. However, you must keep in mind that the plane has a tendency to break its wings if in a sustained 9+G turn at high speeds, and that you are not invulnerable while turning. You are giant, almost twice as big as a MiG-21, so be sure to not overstay your welcome in a dogfight and zoom away as soon as possible.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 11,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,161 2,145 19000 27.4 28.2 166.4 157.6 1,250
Upgraded 2,323 2,232 26.6 27.0 227.0 195.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1260 630 N/A N/A 473 ~11 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 700 < 650 < 600 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic Mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Saturn AL-7F-1-100 1 7,926 kg 315 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel
2,200 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 8,756 kg 10,000 kg 10,726 kg 13,043 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel MTOW
Stationary 5,848 kgf 8,257 kgf 0.94 0.83 0.77 0.63
Optimal 6,664 kgf
(1,000 km/h)
9,974 kgf
(1,000 km/h)
1.14 1.00 0.93 0.76

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 260 km/h
Gear630 km/h
  • 20 mm Aluminium Alloy - pilot's headrest
  • 36 mm Aluminium Alloy - pilot's backrest
  • 8 mm steel - cockpit front bulkhead
  • 102 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 560 → 3 443 Sl icon.png
RB4 300 → 5 783 Sl icon.png
SB8 490 → 11 419 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications159 800 Rp icon.png
248 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts500 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 220 / 320 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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G-suit
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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NR_30_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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UB-16
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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FAB-250
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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S-3K
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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NR_30_new_gun
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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S-24
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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FAB-500
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

Weapon 12 x 30 mm NR-30 cannon
Ammunition160 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min
Main article: NR-30 (30 mm)

The Su-7B is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm NR-30 cannons, wing-mounted (80 rpg = 160 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups5
List of setups
Setup 164 x S-5K rockets
Setup 24 x S-24 rockets
Setup 328 x S-3K rockets
Setup 44 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bomb
Setup 54 x 500 kg FAB-500M-54 bomb

The Su-7B can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 4 x S-24 rockets
  • 28 x S-3K rockets
  • 4 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg FAB-500M-54 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Usage in battles

Build and maintain speed. Go for slow enemies and make sure to conserve your ammunition. A skilled pilot can easily get 3 to 4 kills with the 160 rounds of NR-30 ammo provided, but an unskilled pilot will have trouble hitting their shots. NR-30 cannons are (arguably) the best jet cannons one can have, and even a single hit can devastate an opponent. In conclusion, the Su-7B is a great plane, with amazing cannons and even better performance. Opponents will often underestimate you or even try to dogfight you.

Radars

The Su-7B is equipped with a SRD-5 rangefinding radar, located in the nose of the aircraft. It will automatically detect other planes within the scanning area and display the range to the closest target. It is linked with a gyro gunsight and can help with aiming at close range.

SRD-5 - Rangefinding radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
3,000 m 300 m ±9° ±9°

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • One of the fastest planes at its battle rating
  • Very fast acceleration
  • 2x 30 mm cannons are very powerful against ground and air targets alike
  • Decent energy retention
  • Time-fuzed S-24 rockets can be useful in head-ons

Cons:

  • Large silhouette, easy to hit
  • NR-30 cannons depletes ammunition quickly
  • S-24 as anti-air are situational, unlike conventional IR missiles
  • No countermeasures
  • High risk of wing overload due to high-G manoeuvres, especially with negative-G.

History

On May 14th 1953, shortly after Stalin's death and the reopening of the Sukhoi OKB, they began work on a swept-wing front-line fighter. Their first prototype was named S-1 and was fitted with the all-new Lyulka AL-7 turbojet. It was the first Soviet aircraft to utilize the all-moving tailplane and a translating centerbody, plus a dramatic wing sweep of 60°, irreversible hydraulically boosted controls, and an ejection seat of Sukhoi's own design. After the success of the S-1, production began with the S-2. later renamed the Su-7.

Later, on 31 July 1958, the Soviet Tactical Aviation tasked Sukhoi with developing a ground-attack variant of the Su-7, which could replace the scrapped Ilyushin IL-10. The resulting prototype, S-22, incorporated structural refinements for high-speed, low-altitude operations. It first flew in March 1959 and entered service in 1961 as the Su-7B.

Devblog

With the development of jet aviation, piston-engined attack aircraft quickly became an anachronism; a need arose for a new class of front-line aircraft - a fighter bomber. In the USSR, the MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighter jets were used to replace the piston-engined IL-10 to support the ground forces from the air, but it was quite obvious that a specialized machine was needed to fulfill the tasks of the fighter-bomber. The most suitable candidate was the Sukhoi Su-7 fighter jet, taken as the basis for the Su-7B fighter-bomber project. By the end of 1958, the first prototype was ready with the new AL-7F-1 engine. For almost two years, the aircraft underwent intensive testing and refinement, and in 1960 the new fighter-bomber went into mass production. Of the 431 planned, 344 Su-7Bs were built to equip up to 25 combat units. From the beginning of the 70’s, the Su-7B aircraft began to be replaced with more modern modifications and models.

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See also

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External links


Sukhoi Design Bureau (Сухой Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Jet fighters  Su-9 · Su-11
Strike aircraft 
Su-2  BB-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1
Su-6  Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
Su-7  Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK
Su-17  Su-17M2

USSR jet aircraft
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Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis · MiG-23M · MiG-27M
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK · Su-17M2
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T