Su-34 aircraft

Sukhoi has awarded a contract to Radiopribor for the supply of friend-or-foe transponders for integration into its Su-34 multirole frontline bomber aircraft.

Radiopribor deputy general director Igor Nasenkov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that the RUB1.5bn ($47m) contract covers delivery of a total of 184 friend-or-foe transponders.

The company also secured a RUB1.1bn ($33m) contract for the supply of 1,080 portable surface-to-air missile system transponders, Nasenkov added.

Originally a transmit-responder, the transponder enables both military and civilian interrogation systems to identify aircraft, vehicles or forces as friendly, and also figure out their bearing and range from the interrogator.

The system sends a signal back to an interrogator system, mostly on radio frequencies to allow conformation of friendly platforms.

"Sukhoi is scheduled to hand over a total of 124 Su-34 fighters to the Russian Air Force by 2020."

Powered by two Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engines, the Su-34 is a 4+ generation aircraft and is designed to engage in a broad spectrum of land-based, sea and airborne targets in all weather conditions and any visibility levels, using a range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types.

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The aircraft is a two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, retaining its basic layout and construction, and also features increased takeoff weight and an advanced multimode-phased array radar with terrain following and terrain avoidance modes.

Additional features include a long-range aiming system, a modern on-board communication and an information exchange system, a complex survival system, an armoured cockpit and an active safety system, along with new computers to manoeuvre and perform precise bombing when under enemy attack.

Sukhoi is scheduled to hand over a total of 124 Su-34 fighters to the Russian Air Force by 2020, to help replace its existing Su-24 Fencer all-weather attack aircraft fleet, according to the news agency.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to be completed by 2020.

Image: A Russian Air Force’s Su-34 aircraft during its flight. Photo: file image.

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