A contract was signed on March 1 for a total of 92 Sukhoi Su-34 bombers for the Russian Air Force.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and General Director of the
Sukhoi Company Igor Ozar signed a state contract on March 1 for delivery of 92 Su-34 Fullback bombers. Deliveries to the Russian Air Force will take place through to 2020.
Series production of the aircraft will be undertaken in the Sukhoi holding’s Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO) factory as a follow-on to the five-year state contract signed in 2008 to supply 32 Su-34s. Ten of these aircraft have already been delivered.
According to Anatoly Serdyukov, this is one of the largest contracts for the
supply of combat aircraft, under the State Armament Programme for 2011-2020.
Implementation of the programme will allow replacement of the Su-24 Fencer
bombers currently in service.
The President of United Aircraft Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sukhoi Company, Mikhail Pogosyan, stressed at the signing ceremony that the state contract guarantees the Sukhoi Company and allied enterprises a high production workload, giving a new impetus to their development in the long term.
The characteristics and combat capabilities of the aircraft delivered are in full conformity with the requirements of the Air Force, which was confirmed in the state joint testing, which ended in September 2011.
Sukhoi notes that the Su-34 can effectively engage land-based, sea- and airborne targets in any location by day and night in all weathers with a whole range of aviation ordnance, including high-precision weapons.