Sukhoi Su-22M4 Fitter-K (798) as used by the East German Air Force at the Luftwaffenmuseum, Berlin-Gatow (Germany)
This Su-22M4 belonged to the Marinefliegergeschwader 28 (28th Navy Fighter Squadron) "Paul Wieczorek" at Laage.
In 1990 it was painted in the colours of "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" (Blue/Yellow/Red) to mark the last ever flight
of a Fitter in East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee) service.
The Sukhoi Su-17 (NATO reporting name: Fitter) is a Soviet variable-sweep wing fighter-bomber developed from the Sukhoi Su-7. It enjoyed a long career in Soviet, later Russian, service and was widely exported to Eastern Bloc, Arab air forces, Angola and Peru as the Su-20 and Su-22. It is the first variable-sweep wing of Russian/Soviet origin. The Su-17M4/Su-22M4 (Fitter-K) was the final production version with considerably upgraded avionics, including RSDN navigation (similar to LORAN), beacon navigation, inertial navigation, a more powerful (Klyon) "Kлён-54" laser rangefinder, radio compass, and SPO-15LE ("Sirena") radar-warning system. Additional fuselage inlets (including ram-air inlet at the base of the fin) to improve engine cooling airflow, fixed air intake shock cone. Many aircraft were equipped for the use of TV-guided missiles and BA-58 Vjuga pod for anti-radiation missiles. AL-21F-3 engine. Export version was designated Su-22M4 (factory S-54K). First flight: 19 June 1980 with Yu. A. Yegorov at the controls. Su-17M4 was manufactured 1981–1988, Su-22M4 was manufactured 1983–1990.
The East Germany Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee) operated 48 Su-22M4 and 8 Su-22UM3K until unification, when they were passed on to the Luftwaffe. The East German Navy (Volksmarine) operated eight Su-22M4Ks and two Su-22UM3K aircraft.
The Luftwaffenmuseum, now known as the Militärhistorisches Museum (MHM) der Bundeswehr - Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
(Bundeswehr Museum of Military History - Berlin-Gatow Airfield), is the Berlin branch of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum. The museum acts as an independent military department. Entrance to the museum is free. The museum is in Berlin at a former Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield, RAF Gatow. The focus is on military history, particularly the history of the post-war German Air Force. The museum has a collection of more than 200.000 items, including 155 aeroplanes, 5.000 uniforms and 30.000 books. There are also displays (including aeroplanes) on the history of the airfield when it was used by the RAF. Although there are also several helicopters and MiG fighters used during the Cold War by East German forces.