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The Sukhoi Su-28
is a downgraded variant of the Su-25UB/Su-25T
, with reductions in avionics and aircraft systems, together with a full reduction of weapon-carrying capability. The Su-28 trainer is intended for technical skill, general flight and formation flying training. It is also used as a demonstrator of advanced aero-maneuvers.
Design and development
The Su-28 is a highly maneuverable and robust aircraft with the ability to perform take-off and landing with only one of its two engines running. The aircraft's engines can also run on a diesel
based fuel as opposed to more traditional aviation fuel
. Like the MiG-29
, it also has the ability to operate from unpaved runways while maintaining high reliability and a low maintenance requirement. It will withstand heavy landings, allowing it to be more forgiving in the training role. Range can be extended by up to four PTB-800 drop tanks
, each of 800 l capacity.
Differences between the Su-28 and its parent Su-25UB model include the absence of targeting systems, weapon-operating systems, internal guns, wing pylons (used on military aircraft to mount weaponry such as bombs
). It also lacks armor protection for the engines, advanced fly-by-wire controls, electronic countermeasures
and any systems dedicated to ground attack operations.