Sukhoi Su-17 (1949)

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Role Fighter
Manufacturer Sukhoi
Status Prototype only, never flew
Number built 1

The Sukhoi Su-17 (Aircraft R) was a prototype Soviet fighter. The name was later reused for an entirely different fighter-bomber, see Sukhoi Su-17.


The Su-17 was designed to closely match the theoretical TsAGI calculations for supersonic performance. The aircraft had a 50° swept wing fitted with air brakes and boosted controls. A unique feature was that in addition to an ejection seat, the entire nose section of the aircraft could separate from the rest of the airframe.[1] The project was canceled with no flights due to ongoing difficulties with the development of the jet engine.

Specifications (Su-17 as designed)[edit]

Data from Shavrov[1]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 1,152 km/h (622 kn, 716 mph, Mach 1.07) at 10,000 m (32,800 ft)
  • Range: 1,080 km (585 nmi, 670 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 14,500 m (47,570 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 3.5 min to 10,000 m (32,800 ft)



  1. ^ a b Shavrov V.B. (1994). Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR, 1938-1950 gg. (3 izd.) (in Russian). Mashinostroenie. ISBN 5217004770.