Sukhoi Su-100 Sotka (Bullock) Strategic Bomber
by Tim Wing
Though the strategic bomber feel out of favor with the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF), the Soviet Air Force continued to use them all the way till the Invid Invasion. This was mainly due to the fact that they could not count on their relatively small space fleet to survive in an all-out confrontation with the UEDF. Because of this, they had to rely on the traditional nuclear triad for their deterrent. Of the three weapons systems in this triad (intercontinental missiles, ballistic missile submarines and nuclear armed bombers) the bombers actually had the greatest chance of making through to their targets. ICBMs would have been easily knocked out by the UEDF’s fleet as soon as they left the Earth’s atmosphere. Bombers, on the other hand, would at least have a ghost of a chance of sneaking through air defense coverage far enough to launch their cruise missiles. Of course, as EBSIS cruise missile technology got more and more advance, the bombers that carried them could fire from a greater distance, which only enhanced their effectiveness and relevance.
- Role: Bomber/Reconnaissance
- Manufacturer: Sukhoi
- First flight: 22 August 1972
- Status: Retired
- Primary user: Soviet Air Force
- Number built: 410
The Sukhoi Su-100 Bullock was a Soviet high-speed Reconnaissance, anti-ship and strategic bomber aircraft. Thought the project was cancelled in the seventies, it was restarted again in the late eighties when the Soviet Air Force decided it needed a low altitude high speed medium bomber to compete with the American B-1 bomber. The airframe was strengthened, allowing the Bullock to fly at supersonic speeds at low altitude.
The Bullock had intake ramps similar to the Rockwell XB-70, was made largely from titanium and stainless steel, and featured a quadruple redundant fly-by-wire control system but also employed a mechanical system as a backup. The aircraft’s Droop-nose lowered to provide visibility during takeoff and landing. A periscope was used for forward viewing when the nose was retracted in early versions, though this was replace by an infrared search and track camera system in post-war version. After the First Robotech War, the type was upgraded with fusion turbine engines and the wings were significantly strengthened with advanced materials derived from alien technology. This allowed the Su-100 to cruise at up to Mach 2 at sea level. In this way it was a highly effective at penetrating enemy airspace.
- Crew: 4
- Length: 44.0 meters
- Wingspan: 22.0 meters
- Height: 11.2 meters
- Wing area: 295.7 square meters
- Empty weight: 55,600 kg
- Loaded weight: 114,000 kg
- Max. takeoff weight: 135,000 kg
Performance (late Su-100)
- Maximum speed: Mach 4.0
- Cruise speed: Mach 3.8 at altitude, Mach 1.9 at sea level
- Ferry range: unlimited
- Service ceiling: 28,000 meters
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