Russian Su-34 on the Way to Become Export Bestseller

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Russian Su-34 on the Way to Become Export Bestseller | at DefenceTalk

Ever since Russian forces deployed the Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback to fly anti-Daesh missions in Syria, the advanced fighter bomber (thanks to its impressive performance) has been expected to become a future export bestseller. The future has arrived – Algeria is said to have ordered 12 Su-34s.

Sergey Smirnov, the director general of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO), confirmed that the company, which produces the Sukhoi Su-34, received a formal request for the export version of the aircraft.

The North African country “is likely to become the first of many new customers for the new long-range strike aircraft,” defense analyst Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest. “The North African nation already operates another advanced derivative of the versatile Flanker airframe called the Su-30MKA, but the Fullback bomber variant adds a dedicated strike capability.”

Other potential buyers could include Vietnam, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, military expert Igor Korotchenko told RIA Novosti last October. The analyst added that Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda could also purchase the 4++ generation jet, which can accelerate to a maximum speed of 1,200 mph and has a maximum range of 2,500 miles without refueling.

In the meantime, the Su-34’s combat experience will allow NAPO to upgrade the warplane so that it could reach its full potential. “These modifications could include additional electronic warfare (EW), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities added via external pods,” Majumdar quoted Smirnov as saying.

The Russian Armed Forces have received a total of 83 Su-34s, costing $36 million apiece, and are expected to ink a deal for the delivery of over 100 Su-34s in the next 2-3 years. At least eight warplanes are believed to be engaged in Moscow’s counterterrorism operation in Syria.

Based on the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, the Su-34 is meant to replace the aging Su-24 Fencer. “Like the Fencer, the Fullback has side-by-side seating. Unlike the Fencer, the Su-34 – taking full advantage of its Flanker lineage – is provisioned with a formidable air-to-air self-defense capability,” Majumdar explained.

The Su-34, which is designed to serve in tactical bombing, attack and interdiction roles, is armed with a 30 mm GSh-30-1 (9A-4071K) cannon, rockets, air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles, as well as guided and unguided bombs.

“In addition to short-range R-73 high off-boresight dogfighting missiles, the Su-34 carries the long-range radar-guided R-77 air-to-air missile. That means [that] the Fullback is able to conduct ‘self-escorted’ strike missions. It also has an unorthodox rearward facing radar to warn the crew about threats approaching from behind,” the defense analyst observed.
 

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I had always wondered why Russia was fielding both the Su-24 and -34 in Syria and the more I think about it the more I think it could be being used as a sort of conversion system so pilots slowly start to transition to the -34.

I'm also pretty interested to know how it handled itself in a dogfight, that is if any mock dogfights took place.
 

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I think that this amazing and goes to show how the new aircraft will benefit the country and it is nice to see technology has improved and also they have the latest parts which is nice as you can have aircraft which is going to protect the country from any enemies who may invade the country or the people who need the protection. It is going to be an expensive aircraft so needs to be worth the price to build it as the materials are expensive and also it can take time to make it and also reckon that people will want to know what the aircraft be used for and hope that we see good results from this in the coming months. It is interesting to see an aircraft which can detect what is occurring around them and also it can see who are enemies and who the foes are so the ones who are flying the aircraft will be alerted to what is going on around them.
 

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In the other thread, it said that many countries are after the military equipment of the US and they are complaining of the red tape when they buy. In this thread, it is Russia's turn to be coveted. And Algeria had ordered 12 units of the modern war planes. As I see it, the ballgame is still between Russia and the US when it comes to war, weaponry, strategy and equipment.
 

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Yepp... Russia is marketing its tech via the Syrian offense. That's also the reason why it used those missiles from the dead sea. Just to showcase that it had such tech and market it to the world.
 

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Its all about selling arms. The ongoing rhetoric between Russia and the United States is mostly about trying to establish superiority and promotion of arms sales. Similar to how many politicians try to give the populace the notion that they are adversaries, they are no enemies, and when needs be they close ranks. In this instance, Instance, however, there is a slight deviation they may not be fulsome buddies, but they do cooperate and even share information when it is necessary. One example of this is that Russia had warned the United States about the Boston Bomber before the bombing, and I believe the United States would have done likewise.
The United States may be annoyed because of this deal between Russia and Algeria, but soon it may Russia's turn to have egg on their face. that's how the wheel turns.
 

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The Russians still can build one mean fighting machine but it needs to be proven on the field. It was a obvious choice for the Syrian war.
 

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Well, all tech needs to be proven in the field. But, the fact that they are agressively marketing Sukhois shows how serious they are about making it a bestseller.
 

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