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Igor Laskin

The Russian MoD has signed a three-year contract for the procurement of around 20 Su-34 front-line bombers, according to the IRAR-TASS information agency, who quoted a source in the national defence industry. The deal reportedly covers a version of the aircraft which incorporates certain changes which take account of the experience the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have operating of several dozen fighter-bombers of this type.
Nicknamed the ‘Duckling’ by Russian pilots due to its flat cockpit nose, and holding the NATO code name is FULLBACK, the aircraft is highly regarded by the military and expert community due to its versatility. The Su-34 is a multirole supersonic fighter-bomber designed to destroy both ground and air targets in the day and at night under any weather conditions. It can carry air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles with a flight range that reaches 4,000 km, a maximum speed of up to 1,900 km / h and a combat load capacity up to 8 tons.

Other developments

The Russian Ministry of Defence has also signed contracts with Almaz-Antey Air & Space Defence Concern for the supply of three regiments of the S-400 TRIUMPH and four sets of S-350 VITYAZ, all to be delivered to the Russian Armed Forces no later than 2023. The VITYAZ mobile multi-channel medium-range anti-aircraft missile system is designed to protect state, industrial, military facilities and groups of troops from attacks by modern and promising means of air attack. The system is capable of destroying aerial targets at ranges of more than 120 km and at altitudes of more than 30 km. Time of bringing the complex into combat readiness from the flight does not exceed 5 minutes.