.: Min Hin Chong's 1/144th Soviet SU-17 "Fitter"

The Russian Design Bureau produced a detailed design of the Su-17 (manufacturer's designation S-32) in 1967-68. Besides introduction of a variable sweep wing, the aircraft was to have some of its avionics replaced, an autopilot system installed, and weapons array beefed up with Kh-23 guided missiles and outboard cannons. To accommodate all that onboard required additional space so the aircraft acquired a fairing and had its cockpit canopy reengineered. The prototypes were built at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur production plant (at that time it was officially called DMZ, i.e., Dalnevostochny Mashinostroitelny Zavod, or Far Eastern Machine-Building Plant, director V.Ye. Kopylov), beginning in 1968. The first prototype, S32-1 (aka pre-production Su-17 No 85-01), was completed in early 1969, and in April was brought to Moscow to the Design Bureau. Its maiden flight was performed by the design bureau's test pilot Ye.K. Kukushev on 1st July 1969. Without any delay to speak of, it was subjected to a governmental testing programme. The governmental tests (SIT) were conducted on first three pre-production aeroplanes between July 1969 and May 1971. The SIT findings indicated that Su-17 for the most part met the specifications and recommended it for service.

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