Main Armament: two 30-mm NR-30 with 80 rounds per gun; provision for 4250 kg (9,370 Ib) of disposable stores, including tactical nuclear weapons, AAMs, ASMs, guided bombs, bombs, cluster bombs, dispenser weapons, napalm tanks, large-calibre rockets, rocket-launcher pods. cannon pods, drop tanks and ECM pods, carried on nine external hardpoints
Weight: Empty Weight 95,00kg / 20,944 lb (Max. Take-off Weight 19500 kg / 42,990 lb)
Length: 18.75 m / 61 ft 6.2
Span: 13.80 m /45 ft 3 in
Height: 5.00 m / 16 ft 5
Engine: One Afterburning Thrust Lyul'ka AL-21F-3 Turbojet
Operational Range: 675 km / 419 miles
Top Speed: 1,380 mph
Crew: One Pilot
The Su-17/Su-20/Su-22, which entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1970, is the first variable-sweep wing aircraft of Russian/Soviet design. The aircraft was used by both the Soviets and the Afghan government air force during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It enjoyed a long career in Soviet, later Russian, service and was widely exported to Eastern Bloc air forces such as Poland and the Czech Republic, Arab air forces, Angola and Peru as the Su-20 and Su-22 variant.
As of 2014 the Polish Air Force is planning to retain the Su-22s in service. The Air Force will either keep all of its planes for the next three years, or withdraw half of them use the remainder for the following decade. It is hoped that the decision will have a positive impact on this sector of Polish industry since the WZL repair facility in Bydgoszcz will maintain the remaining aircraft under contract. The decision will also allow the Air Force to retain the well-trained ground crews and pilots. The Poles also consider the Su-22 easier to maintain and repair than the other main combat aircraft types currently in Polish service (mainly the MiG-29 and the F-16). They also suffer from fewer malfunctions and other problems (high, 70–75% non-error index). It is also the only plane in Polish inventory equipped for electronic intelligence, warfare, and support of ground systems. The Polish Air Force has retained a large stockpile of air-to-ground weapons for use with the Su-22. By some estimates, the cost of destroying these resources would be higher than the projected cost of continuing Su-22 operations.
Strong vs: Attack Helicopters, Main Battle Tanks, Medium Tanks, Light Tanks, Light Vehicles, Artillery, Infantry, Fixed Emplacements
Weak vs: Fighter Aircraft, Anti-Aircraft Systems