Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Russia to order “several dozen” modernized Su-34 tactical bombers

According to an article published by the Tass agency , citing a source in the Russian Defense Ministry, the latter is preparing to order a new batch of "several dozen" ( 48 according to previous information ) of Su-34 tactical bombers, in a modernized version integrating electronics and equipment developed through the Sych experimental program.

This new order, which should be formalized by the summer, will strengthen the approximately 130 Su-34s currently in service with the Russian air forces, probably replacing the oldest Su-24 bombers.

This announcement is hardly a surprise. Indeed, it had been expected for several months, when the production schedule of the Russian aeronautical industry had been modified to integrate the production of the new Su-57 Felon , in order to maintain production at the NAPO aeronautical factory in Novosibirsk, until 'to the start of production of the Okhotnik-B combat drone , while the last Su-34s from the previous order will be delivered this year.

Su-34 tactical bombers replace Su-34s in Russian Air Force
The Su-34s were initially intended to replace the Su-24s in service with the Russian Air Force. It now appears that they will evolve alongside the modernized Su-24M for many years

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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