Algeria to acquire 12 Su-34 fighter bombers from Russia

5 January 2016 (Last Updated January 5th, 2016 18:30)

Russian aircraft manufacturer Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association has reportedly secured a contract from the Algerian Air Force (AAF) to support its ongoing force modernisation programme.

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Russian aircraft manufacturer Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association has reportedly secured a contract from the Algerian Air Force (AAF) to support its ongoing force modernisation programme.

Under the terms of the deal, Sukho will supply 12 Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers to replace the Russian-built legacy MiG-25s of the North African country, reported DefenseNews.

The contract forms a part of the $7.5bn arms deal signed between the countries for the supply of defence equipment and technologies.

Powered by a twin Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engine, the Su-34 aircraft has an increased flight range of up to 4,000km, a maximum speed of up to 1,900km/h and an 8t payload.

"A two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 features a new weapon system and an air refuelling system, the company stated."

A two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 features a new weapon system and an air refuelling system, the company stated.

With a range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types, the aircraft is capable of engaging a range of land-based, sea and airborne targets in all weather conditions and any visibility levels.

In addition, it features a long-range aiming system, a modern on-board communication, an information exchange system and a complex survival system.

It also has an armoured cockpit and an active safety system, in addition to the new computers to manoeuvre and perform accurate bombing when under enemy attack.


Image: Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber. Photo: courtesy of Dmitry Terekhov / Wikipedia.