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The Su-34 frontline bomber

Sukhoi’s Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO) has delivered two Su-34 frontline bombers to the Russian Air Force for deployment at its air base in Voronezh.

The delivery of the aircraft follows the completion of state joint testing and is part of a five-year contract signed in 2008 to supply the Russian Defence Ministry with 32 Su-34 aircraft.

The Su-34 is a 4+ generation aircraft in terms of operational capabilities and can attack land-based, sea and airborne targets during the night and in all weather conditions using airborne munitions, including high-precision types.

The twin-seat fighter bomber features long-range aiming systems and a modern on-board communication and information exchange system linked to ground control stations, ground troops, surface ships and aircraft.

Aircraft features also include an advanced radar countermeasures and defence 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.

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The multi-channel aircraft is equipped with a digital control system, an in-flight refuelling device and add-on fuel tanks that allow it to fly long distances as well as perform missions at low altitude.

The company also has plans to add new weapons to increase the combat potential of the aircraft.

The air force is scheduled to receive another two aircraft in the next few days.

The Su-34 is expected to replace the Su-24 frontline bomber fleet that is currently in service with the air force.

Image Caption:The twin-seat Su-34 frontline bomber features long-range aiming systems and a modern on-board communication and information exchange system. Image Courtesy:Yevgeny Pashnin