Russia takes delivery of new batch of Su-34 from Sukhoi

1 June 2016 (Last Updated June 1st, 2016 18:30)

The Russian Federation Ministry of Defence has received the first batch of Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bombers, as part of the 2016 state defence order.

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The Russian Federation Ministry of Defence has received the first batch of Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bombers, as part of the 2016 state defence order.

According to the company, the new aircraft took off from the V.P.Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant's airfield.

Sukhoi, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation, secured contracts to deliver Su-34s for Russia up to 2020, guaranteeing a stable work load for the company.

Powered by two Saturn AL-31F turbofan engines, the twin-seat strike fighter has been designed to replace the Sukhoi Su-24.

Armed with a 30mm GSh-301 gun and 180 rounds of ammunition, the Su-34 has the capability to engage ground and naval targets in all types of weather conditions.

"Armed with a 30mm GSh-301 gun and 180 rounds of ammunition, the Su-34 has the capability to engage ground and naval targets in all types of weather conditions."

The aircraft carries a range of missiles including air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles, guided and unguided bombs, and rockets, including the KAB-500 laser-guided bomb.

It is also equipped with an electro-optical fire control system, a Geofizika forward-looking infrared (FLIR) pod and passive-phased array radar system.

The 23.34m-long aircraft, with 14.7m wingspan, can carry 12,100kg of fuel internally in two fuel tanks in the wings and four in the fuselage. Its cockpit provides seating for a crew of two.

As of May this year, the Russian Air Force operated 84 Su-34 aircraft.


Image: The Russian Air Force's Su-34 frontline bomber. Photo: courtesy of Oleg V. Belyakov AirTeamImages.