Sukhoi has handed over another batch of Su-34 Fullback multi-role frontline bomber aircraft to the Russian Air Force (RuAF) during a ceremony at the VP Chkalov Novosibirsk aircraft plant (NAZ) in Russia.
The new batch represents the third to have been delivered by the company this year to the air force, as part of the 2013 state defence order.
Transferred in May and July this year, the first and second batches, featuring three serial production aircraft each, are already operational with the RuAF.
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.
The aircraft is a two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, retaining its basic layout and construction.
However, it also features increased take-off 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, and new computers to manoeuvre and perform precise bombing when under enemy attack.
The twin Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engine-powered aircraft is eventually scheduled to replace the Russian Air Force and Navy’s ageing Su-24 Fencer strike aircraft fleet.
Having taken delivery of 29 series-production Su-34s to date from Sukhoi, the Russian Air Force is set to receive a total of 124 fighters by 2020 under two contracts with the company, RIA Novosti reports.
Image: A Su-34 bomber aircraft of the Russian Air Force. Photo: courtesy of Alex Beltyukov.