Russian Air Force Wants To Get 120 Sukhoi Su-34 Strike Aircraft Until 2020- MAKS 2011

Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber
Russian Su-34 Fighter Bomber



 The Russian air force wants to procure 120 Sukhoi Su-34 strike aircraft, the service’s commander has revealed.

Speaking at the MAKS air show
in Moscow, Gen Aleksander Zelin said five squadrons will eventually be
armed with the two-seat type, with each to have 24 aircraft.

The Russian defence ministry’s procurement plan for this year
includes 12 Su-34s, and production activities at Sukhoi’s NAPO plant in
Novosibirsk are gradually picking up.

Orders have been confirmed for 32 Su-34s so far, with seven of these
having been accepted into squadron service and a handful more being used
by the defence ministry’s weapons-assessment units and industry.

The air force is now working with United Aircraft and Sukhoi to
firm-up contacts for follow-on batches, and intends to have 70 of the
aircraft operational in 2015.

The Su-34 holds a prominent position in Russia’s state
arms-acquisition programme, which was validated earlier this year and
runs until 2020.

It has been developed as a replacement for the air force’s Su-24
swing-wing strike aircraft, currently the most numerous type in its
combat aircraft inventory and the backbone of its frontal bomber units.
Powered by two AL-31FM engines – developed by NPO Saturn and produced
by MMPP Salut – the Su-34 can carry 8,000kg (17,600lb) of weapons on 12
hard points.

In 2010, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev offered Beijing an export
version dubbed the Su-32, but there has been no indication so far that
China, or any other international customer, is seeking to acquire the
aircraft.

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