Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber/strike aircraft

Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber/strike aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-34 is a Russian twin-engine, twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft. Su-34 is based on the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker air superiority fighter, the Su-34 has an armored cockpit for side-by-side seating of its two-man crew.

The Su-34 is designed primarily for tactical deployment against ground and naval targets (tactical bombing/attack/interdiction roles, including against small and mobile targets) on solo and group missions in daytime and at night, under favourable and adverse weather conditions and in a hostile environment with counter-fire and EW counter-measures deployed, as well as for aerial reconnaissance.


Cockpit view SU-34


The Su-34 shares most of its wing structure, tail, and engine nacelles with the Su-27/Su-30, with canards like the Su-30MKI, Su-33, and Su-27M/35 to increase static instability (higher manoeuvrability) and to reduce trim drag.

The Su-34 is powered by a pair of Saturn AL-31FM1 turbofan engines, the same engines used on the Su-27SM; giving the aircraft a maximum speed of Mach 1.8+ when fully loaded. Although having a slower maximum speed than the standard Su-27, the Su-34 can still handle high G-loads and perform acrobatic maneuvers. When equipped with a full weapons load, the Su-34 has a maximum range of 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) without refuelling, this can be extended further via aerial refueling. When operating at its operational maximum, the airframe can withstand an ‘overload’ of up to +9G .

Compared to other members of the Su-27 family, the Su-34 has an entirely new nose and forward fuselage with an armored cockpit providing side-by-side seating for a crew of two, and the flattened nosecone earned it the nickname “Duckling” or the “Duckbill”

The two crew members sit side by side in a large cabin, with the pilot-commander to the left and navigator/operator of weapons to the right in NPP Zvezda K-36dm ejection seats


Su-34 4K video from MAKS 2015

Weapon Load of SU34

The Su-34 has 12 hardpoints for 8,000–12,000 kg of ordnance, intended to include the latest Russian precision-guided weapons. It retains the Su-27/Su-30’s 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, and the ability to carry R-77 air-to-air missiles (6 pcs) and R-73 (also 6), with the air-to-air missiles being primarily for defense against pursuers if detected by the rearward-facing radar. The maximum weight of any single munition carried is 4000 kg, its stand-off weapons have range up to 250 kilometers (160 mi). A Khibiny Electronic countermeasures (ECM) system is fitted as standard

Avonics of Su34

Su34 uses V004 passive electronically scanned array radar .The electronic countermeasures system su34 uses are
SAP-14 ,Khibiny  and SAP-518 . For radio surveillance it uses UKR-RT radio surveillance system .It also uses L150 Pastel Radar Warning Receiver

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