Moscow approves deal for 92 Su-34 bombers

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  1. lambu

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    Russia's defence ministry signed a deal for 92 Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" strike aircraft on 1 March, marking the biggest deal for a single aircraft type for the nation's air force in more than 20 years.

    To cover deliveries until 2020, the deal was signed by defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi general director Igor Ozar. The Su-34s will replace all the Su-24 bombers in service, Serdyukov said. A source quoted by Russia’s Interfax news agency put the value of the deal at around 100 billion roubles ($3 billion).

    The defence ministry had previously said 70 Su-34s would be delivered by 2015. Six aircraft are in service at Russia's test and evaluation centre at Lipetsk, with a further 10 due to be delivered this year

    The Russian air force will eventually field a total of about 120 Su-34s in five squadrons of 24 aircraft each, its commander Col Gen Alexander Zelin said at last year's MAKS air show near Moscow.

    Powered by two AL-31MF turbofan engines, the twin-seat Su-34 is designed to conduct precision strikes on heavily defended targets under all weather conditions, day or night. It is armed with a GSh-301 30mm cannon and a wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and bombs.

    Noting that the Su-34 is entering service more than a decade behind original plans, Douglas Barrie, an air warfare analyst with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: "The Su-34 will, with the appropriate avionic and weapons systems, provide the air force with a capable long-range strike platform, with considerably more punch than the Su-24."

    The defence ministry has said the air force will procure more than 1,500 new aircraft by 2020. Moscow's Su-34 order was signed only two days after the Russian navy confirmed an order for 24 RAC MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters.

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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    That is a far cry from the 300 VVS wanted and a rather pathetic number to the 500 Su-24 that preceded it.
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    what if we give order to deliver 50 SU 34 for our SFC ??? our order will be delayed.
     
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    Sukhoi-34

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  6. blueblood

    blueblood Senior Member Senior Member

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    Why should we give order for Su-34 for SFC, when we have Rafale. Plus, giving SFC a different plane will lead to easy identification of nuclear carrying platform.
     
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    Their plans for PAKFA is even lesser. Some say 60 while some say 48. But a decade is far away and maybe they can afford more once they have the money.

    SFC wants proven strikers. They don't want the latest or the best. Anyway I have said this before, if the SFC fields aircraft different from what is owned by the IAF then the enemy will know exactly what is coming. They will end up becoming priority targets, even more than AWACS and tankers.

    Rafale with the AASM is the best bet, or even gravity bombs.
     
  8. arya

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    well i personally fell lca is not working , mmrca is on paper and govt will not takeout on reality .


    we need fighter planes ASAP , if you think we have time then its your last mistake

    now or never
     

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