NPP Zvezda K-36

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A K-36DM Ejection seat

The Zvezda K-36 is a series of ejection seats made by NPP Zvezda. Variants of this ejection seat have been used on a variety of aircraft, including the Su-25, Su-27, MiG-29, and the Sukhoi T-50.


The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. The ejection seat ensures safe emergency escape of a pilot within the range of velocities (Ve) from 0 to 1,300 km/h (700 kn; 810 mph) to 1,400 km/h (760 kn; 870 mph) (depending on the type of protective equipment), altitudes from 0 to 20,000 m (66,000 ft) and Mach numbers up to 2.5.

The ejection seat is used in combination KKO-15 protective and oxygen equipment and the installation weight of the seat is less than 103 kg (227 lb) (including the parachute system, survival kit, emergency oxygen system and pyrotechnic charges).


  • K-36DM: Used on the MiG-29, Su-27
  • K-36D-3.5: Improved variant providing accommodation for pilots with sitting heights from 810 to 980 mm
  • K-36RB: Variant planned for the Buran programme
  • K-36D-5: Improved variant for the Sukhoi PAK FA[1]


  1. ^ Butowski, Piotr. "Russian Supercruiser". Air International, February 2011, pp. 38. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing.

External links[edit]

NPP Zvezda company website