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.
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