Russian Aerospace Forces to Get 16 Sophisticated Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback Bombers This Year

Russia’s Aerospace Forces will get 16 new Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers in 2017, while the modernization of the aircraft will start in 2018, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov announced on Friday.

Sukhoi Su-34

“This year, we expect additional deliveries of four aircraft and the total order volume for the current year is 16 Su-34s,” Borisov said, adding that nine aircraft are already in the final stages of assembly.

According to the deputy defense minister, the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO, or NAPA) has a long-term contract with the Russian Defense Ministry on the production of a total of 92 Su-34 strike fighters.

Borisov stressed that Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback aircraft have proved highly effective in the fight against terrorists in Syria.

“A program on the modernization of Su-34 Fullback is planned to start in 2018,” the minister said.

On Thursday, Borisov announced that Russia’s Aerospace Forces would receive 17 advanced Su-30SM fighter jets and 10 Yak-130 combat trainers in 2017.
The Su-34 Strike Fighter

The Su-34 is a state-of-the-art Russian fighter bomber, developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau in the mid-1980s.

The two-seat Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback is primarily designed to destroy a variety of ground and naval targets. It is capable of performing solo and group missions in daytime and at night, under favorable and adverse weather conditions and in a hostile environment.

Source: NOVOSIBIRSK (Sputnik News) – 10 March 2017

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