Topic: Russian Military Reform
- What's next for the Russian Air Force?
- Russian fighter jets make first ever nonstop flight across Russia to Far East
- Russian Air Force to procure 1,500 new aircraft by 2020
- Russian Air Force to procure 1,500 new aircraft by 2020 (Update 1)
- Russia to market 300 warplanes domestically, abroad by 2015 (update 1)
Russia's Air Force received four new Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers on Tuesday as part of its current modernization program, an Air Force spokesman said.
Russia started full-scale production of Su-34s in 2008 at a Novosibirsk-based aircraft-manufacturing plant, a subsidiary of the Sukhoi Aircraft Holding.
A total of 70 aircraft will be delivered by 2015 to replace outdated Su-24 Fencer fighter- bombers, which are currently undergoing modernization to prolong their service life.
Designed by Sukhoi, the $36-million Su-34 fighter-bomber is a two-seat strike aircraft fitted with twin AL-31MF afterburning turbofan engines.
It is designed to deliver high-precision strikes on heavily-defended targets under any weather conditions, day or night, and is equipped with a 30-mm GSh-301 cannon, up to 12 Alamo or Archer AAMs, ASMs, and bombs.
MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti)
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