21x29,7 cm, Hardcover, 544 pp.
In the early 1950s the Sukhoi aircraft design bureau started its activities to create two aircraft sharing the same fuselage design and powerplant - the delta-wing T-3 and the swept-wing S-1. The first became the progenitor of several interceptors, starting with the Su-9; the other aircraft became the Su-7B fighter-bomber. Known to NATO as the "Fitter", the Su-7B and its improved versions formed the backbone of the Soviet fighter-bomber aviation during the 1970s. They were also exported to many friendly nations - first and foremost to some Warsaw Pact member states (Poland and Czechoslovakia), as well as to non-aligned nations like India, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq etc. The Fitter saw action in the Indo-Pakistani border war in 1971 and the Arab-Israeli wars during the early 1970s. The initial Su-7 Fitter-A was succeded by the Su-17 which differed primarily in having variable-geometry wings. The prototype made its first flight in 1966, while the production version was completely supplanted in Soviet Air Force service in the 1980s. The swept-wing Su-17 proved highly efficient during the war in Afghanistan, earning the affection of the pilots who flew it. Its high combat capabilities were duly recognized abroad. Apart from the Warsaw Pact (Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria), the Su-20 and Su-22 export variants were delivered to Egypt, Iraq, Peru, Yemen, Afghanistan and other nations.The ultimate Su-22M4 is still in service with the Polish Air Force, however, upgraded to NATO standards.