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World Air Force News - Russia
 
 
Russian Air Force deploys five new Su-34 bombers aircraft in southwest of Russia.
 
Five Su-34 frontline bombers will be deployed in an air base near the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia, a spokesperson with the Russian Western Military District said Tuesday, December 25, 2012. "Five Su-34 multi-purpose frontline bombers have left Novosibirsk aircraft building plant to Voronezh, a distance of over 3,000 km," Andrei Bobrun told reporters.
     
Five Su-34 frontline bombers will be deployed in an air base near the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia, a spokesperson with the Russian Western Military District said Tuesday, December 25, 2012. "Five Su-34 multi-purpose frontline bombers have left Novosibirsk aircraft building plant to Voronezh, a distance of over 3,000 km," Andrei Bobrun told reporters.
Su-34 Russian Air Force bomber aircraft (Credit photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
     

Bobrun said earlier that that the Novosibirsk aircraft factory planned to deliver ten Su-34 bombers to Voronezh in the near future.

The air force established its first Su-34 squadron at the end of 2011. A two-seat strike-dedicated derivative of the Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 can carry a payload of up to eight tons of guided weapons over 4,000 kilometers.

Russia launched full-scale production of Su-34s in 2008 at a Novosibirsk-based aircraft-manufacturing plant, a subsidiary of the Sukhoi Aircraft Holding.

The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is a Russian twin-seat fighter-bomber. It is intended to replace the Sukhoi Su-24.

Two Su-34s were delivered on 4 January 2007, and six more have been delivered by the end of that year. On 9 January 2008, Sukhoi reported that the Su-34 has begun full-rate production. In June 2009, Sukhoi was awarded a five-year contract for Su-34 production.

The Russian Air Force received another four Su-34s on 28 December 2010, and expects to receive 70 Su-34s by 2015. A Russian military source announced in September 2011 that Russian Air Force had finished pre-deployment tests of Su-34.