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Sukhoi Su-7B Fitter/Moujik - India

Su-7BMK
Serial: B-897
Unit: 32 Sqn "The Thunderbirds", IAF

Eight Su-7BMK's from No.32 Squadron IAF, led by Sqn.Ldr. Bhatia, attacked Shorkot/Rafiqui AB, at 10:45 hrs on 4 December 1971. Bhatia and other members of his formation claimed destruction of between one and two B-57s and up to three Sabres on the ground. All Indian fighters returned safely to Amritsar. For a mission against such a distant target, the No.32 Squadron's Su-7s were equipped with two 600-litre drop tanks under the fuselage, and armed with two UV-57-16 rocket pods under each wing.


Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal
Sukhoi Su-7B Fitter/Moujik - India | Su-7BMK | 32 Sqn


Later during the war, the Su-7BMK flown by Sqn.Ldr. Bhatia during two strikes against Shorkot AB, on 4 December 1971, was seen wearing this hastily applied camouflage - exact colours of which remain unknown, and are rather a guess based on the colours used on most of the other IAF Su-7's and MiG-21's during that war. Note the traces of heavy use around the cannons, and two FAB-250 M-62 bombs under the centreline.


Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Sukhoi Su-7B Fitter/Moujik - India | Su-7BMK | 32 Sqn

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