Russian Air Force Inducts Su-34 Bombers


Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi delivered five serial Su-34 frontline bombers to Russian Airforce.
The aircrafts were flown from the runway airport of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO) of Sukhoi and off to the place of their deployment at the Western military district air base in Voronezh.
The aircraft delivery is carried out in the framework of the State defense order 2012.
The state contract for supply of 32 Su-34 frontlinebombers to the Russian Defense Ministry was signed in 2008.
In March 2012 another state contact was signed for supply of 92 aircraft up to the year 2020. This is one of the largest contracts for combat aircraft supplies under the State armaments program for 2011 – 2020. Its fulfillment will allow replacing largely Su-24 frontline bombers currently in service by new aircraft in the nearest future. It also provides for an extended high production load of Sukhoi Company and related enterprises.
Technical and combat capabilities of the aircraft supplied are in full conformance with the Air Force demands. They were proved during the state joint testing of the airplane completed in September 2011.
The Su-34 can effectively attack land-based, sea- and airborne targets by day and night in all weathers using the entire suite of its airborne munitions, including high-precision types. In terms of operational capabilities this is a 4+ generation aircraft.
Its active safety system, along with the newest computers, provides extra capabilities for the pilot and navigator to performprecise bombing and to maneuver under enemy fire. The excellent aerodynamics, large capacity internal fuel tanks, fuel-efficient bypass engines with a digital control system, in-flight refueling device and add-on fuel tanks enable the aircraft to fly long distances close to those of medium strategic bombers.
The aircraft features an outstanding flight performance, maintainability and maneuverability. It has long-range aiming systems, modern on-board communication and information exchange system with ground control stations, ground troops and surface ships as well as between aircraft of the group.
The Su-34 is armed with highly effective long-range air-to-surface and air-to-air guided weapons enabling multi-channel operational employment. It is equipped with a highly intelligent system of radar countermeasures and defense. The Su-34 has a sophisticated survival system, including an armored cockpit. The aircraft can perform missions at a low altitude in bypass and fly-by modes. There are immediate plans to increase the combat potential of the aircraft with new weapons.