The Su-38 Slamhound is the Russian ground attack aircraft in EndWar.
When the Russian military began modernizing the Air Force lobbied intensively for new aircraft to replace their ageing fleet. The Sukhoi design bureau, designer of the well known Su-27 Flanker, was chosen for the task of designing a new close support aircraft to replace the outdated Su-25 Frogfoot. The result was the Su-38 "Slamhound". The Sukhoi bureau borrowed extensively from previous designs when it built the Slamhound. The airframe is almost identical to the Su-47 Berkut. Internally the aircraft resembles the tank-like Su-25. The pilot of the Su-38 sits in a high strength carbon nano-tube bathtub, which also surrounds the avionics, helping to increase the plane's survivability without adding significantly to the mass. The aircraft has thrust vectoring nozzles, which improve the aircraft's handling, allowing the Su-38 to perform the trademark "Pugachev's cobra" and tail-slide maneuvers.
- Crew: 1 Pilot
- Powerplant: 2 high efficiency afterburning turbofans with thrust vectoring and digital control
- Armament: Unknown, only sighted carrying rockets/AGM's
- There is in fact an Su-38, a cropduster. An image can be seen here.
- It appears when the player calls in "Air Strike" when playing as Russia, as well as parked at Rovanemi Air Base regardless of the defending faction.
- The new Russian fighter is the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA, while the Su-25 Frogfoot is not going anywhere, having earned the love of everyone who's not on the receiving end of it. The Su-47 itself is a technology demonstrator for fifth generation fighter aircraft.
- It's understandable why the Su-38 does not use the gun - it's likely the lightweight single-barrel (yet still at 1500 RPM) burst-firing GSh-30-1. One burst is usually enough to pulverize any aircraft, but the typical supply of 150 rounds is not enough for ground attack. A ground-attack version is likely to carry twin GSh-23-2L or GSh-30-2, like the Su-25 does, or even GSh-23-5 or GSh-30-6 Gatling cannons. The recoil of these weapons slows the aircraft significantly, and was known to launch the instrument panel into the pilot or cause the canopy to jettison. The R-series rocket pod that seems to be used for the Level 1 Air Strike is a cheap and recoilless solution.
- "Slamhound" is not a NATO reporting name. All "F"ighter NATO reporting names start with an F such as Flanker, Fishbed and Fulcrum. S stands for Surface-to-Surface, such as the Scud missile. Russians themselves do not give official names to aircraft.