December 28, Moscow. The Russian Air Force today received four new Su-34
The planes arrived to the Lipetsk Center of Combat Training of the Air
Force. The full-scale production of Su-34s was started in 2008 at a
Novosibirsk-based aircraft-manufacturing plant - NAPO, a subsidiary of the
Sukhoi Aircraft Holding. A long-term state contract for the delivery of
Su-34s to the Russian Air Force was signed in 2008 between the Ministry of
Defense of Russia and the Sukhoi Company.
The new fighter-bomber is a two-seat medium-haul strike aircraft fitted with
twin afterburning turbofan engines.
The Su-34 is a 4+ generation aircraft. It can effectively engage ground, sea
and air targets in all weathers and during the day or night using a wide
range of combat munitions, including precision guided munitions.
The Su-34 has an active-safety system with artificial-intelligence elements.
This system enables the crew to combat maneuver and to deliver precise
strikes on several targets at the same time.
The airplane has enlarged capacity internal fuel tanks for long practical
The Su-34's long range was shown in a July this year "Vostok-2010" exercise
when Su-34s were moved from the European part of Russia to the Russian Far
East with in-flight refueling and further strike missions.
The aircraft's combat power potential is to be increased soon with new