MAKS 2021: Five foreign customers interested in Sukhoi Su-34 bomber

Five countries have shown interest in the Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) frontline bomber, Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said: "We are carrying out marketing work, about five countries have shown interest. There are no contracts yet," Shugayev said. According to him, there has been a significant interest in this aircraft among potential foreign customers. "There are no official bids so far, but there is great interest," he added.

Five foreign customers interested in Sukhoi Su 34 bomber

Sukhoi Su-34 (Picture source: Alex Beltyukov/commons.wikimedia)

The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is a Soviet-origin Russian twin-engine, twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft. It first flew in 1990, intended for the Soviet Air Forces, and it entered service in 2014 with the Russian Air Force.

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-person 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 the daytime and at night, under favorable and adverse weather conditions and in a hostile environment with counter-fire and electronic warfare (EW) counter-measures deployed, as well as for aerial reconnaissance. The Su-34 will eventually replace the Su-24 tactical strike fighter and the Tu-22M3 long-distance bomber.