Hobby Master HA6004 Su-27SK Flanker B TS-2701, 11th Squadron, Indonesian Air Force, 2003 1/72
Hobby Master HA6004 Su-27SK Flanker B TS-2701, 11th Squadron, Indonesian Air Force, 2003
The Su-27S (NATO reporting name – Flanker) is a single-seat highly-maneuverable fighter aircraft built by Sukhoi Design Bureau as the Soviet response to the U.S. F-14 and F-15 and entered service in 1985. The primary role of the Su-27 was to provide defense against American bombers, USN ships and provide Soviet bomber escorts. There have been many improvements over the years resulting in numerous variants of the Su-27. The export variant, the Su-27SK was sold to China and eventually developed into the license-built Shenyang J-11.
The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara – TNI-AU) purchased several Su-27 family aircraft from Russia, Su-27SK, Su-27SKM, Su-30Mk and Su-30MK2. Between 2003 and 2013 sixteen Flankers were received by Skadron Udara11 (11 Squadron) at the Iswahyudi AB. Of the sixteen aircraft two were Su-27SKs with serials TS-2701 with code 01 and TS-02 with code 02. The Su-27SKs were modified from dedicated air-superiority fighters to multi-role fighter and attack aircraft. Part of the payment for these aircraft was completed using Indonesian palm oil.