Russia's Eastern Military District (MD) aviation unit has started taking delivery of Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers.
The aircraft are being delivered from Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association's aviation producing plant.
The new Su-34 aircraft will enter operational service with the Eastern MD aviation unit located in the Khabarovsk Krai, following execution of documentation and test flights.
Designed to engage both ground and surface targets, the aircraft can also engage aerial targets in all weather conditions at any time.
The Russian Air Force initially ordered 32 Su-34 aircraft in 2008, with an additional requirement for 92 aircraft in 2012.
Sukhoi will deliver the Su-34 bombers to the Russian air force and army units until 2020, under a state contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The multifunction displays in the aircraft's cockpit show the flight parameters, the operational status of the aircraft units and tactical data.
The aircraft is capable of carrying a wide range of missiles, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles, guided and unguided bombs, and rockets.
It is also fitted with a 30mm GSh-301 gun and 180 rounds of ammunition, as well as a target designator.
Powered by two after-burning NPO Saturn AL-31F turbofan engines, the aircraft can achieve a speed of 1,900km/h (Mach 1.6) at altitude and 1,300km/h (Mach 1) at sea level, and has a flight range of 4,000km.
Image: The new Su-34 aircraft will enter operational service with the Eastern MD aviation unit. Photo: courtesy of the Russian Federation Defence Ministry.