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Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback (Wallpaper 4)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback (Wallpaper 4)
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The SU-32MF/-34 “Fullback” fighter-bomber AIR SU-32 Firing Profile SU-32/34, firing 2010 deliveries ad fielding under a 5-year production contract end a development journey that began with the aircraft’s maiden flight in 1990, as the T10V/SU-27IB. In December 2006, Sukhoi announced a target of 18 SU-34s produced by 2010, and in March 2006 defense minister Sergei Ivanov placed the longer-term schedule at 58 aircraft purchased by 2015. Eventual demand levels of up to 200 aircraft have been floated, in order to replace Russia’s 300 existing SU-24s. The determining factor is likely to be the SU-34’s prioritization amidst Russia’s rearmament program, which is being fueled by its hydrocarbon exports and distribution hammerlocks amidst a global scenario of rising demand and rising prices. RIA Novosti put the plane’s mission simply: “The Su-34 is meant to deliver a sufficiently large ordnance load to a predetermined area, hit the target accurately and take evasive action against pursuing enemy planes.” Other reports have gone further, stating that the plane is also meant to be able to handle enemy fighters in combat is required. Given its base platform characteristics, it would likely match up well against many of America’s “teen series” aircraft. The SU-34 is also referred to as the “SU-32” by Sukhoi, though other sources indicate that this may refer to a dedicated naval strike variant. The plane’s key characteristics reportedly include: 45.1 tonne maximum takeoff weight. 8 tonne ordnance load. Air Force Technology adds that this is distributed on 10 hardpoints, which can accommodate precision-guided weapons as well as R-73/AA-11 Archer and R-77/AA-12 ‘AMRAAMSKI’ missiles. The aircraft is also armed with a 30mm GSh-301 gun and 180 rounds. AL-31FM1 turbofan engines built by the Moscow-based Salyut Company generate a thrust of up to 13.5 metric tons (over 29,000 pounds) and have a 1,000-hour service life in between repairs. Subsequent reports indicate that more powerful AL-41 engines may be fitted in future. Maximum speed Mach 1.8 at altitude. 3,000 km range with standard drop tanks, extensible to “over 4,000 km” with the help of additional drop tanks. This makes deployment to locations like Tajikistan much easier, because intermediate airfields in Russia can easily be closed by bad weather. The SU-34 can also refuel in mid-air. (Note, however, that typical “ground hugging” attack flight profiles will shorten their range considerably – Air Force Technology lists it as around 600 km on internal fuel, or 1,150 km with external fuel tanks.) Can fly in TERCOM (Terrain Contour Matching) mode for low-level flight, and relies on software to execute a number of other difficult maneuvers. The front horizontal empennage behind the cockpit is designed to help it handle the air pockets found in high speed flight at low altitudes. A 17mm armored cockpit like the SU-25 Frogfoot ground-attack jet. 2 parallel K-36DM ejector seats, with a small aisle in between. The ejector seats can be activated at any speed and altitude, even when the plane is on the ground. Other reports add additional details, and can be found in the “Additional Readings” section below. One particular item of note is the Leninets B004 phased array multimode X-band radar, which interleaves terrain-following radar and other modes. The US B-1B’s stealth bomber’s AN/APQ-164 phased array uses a similar approach. Performance is claimed to be of 200-250 km against large surface targets, ground mapping capability of 75-150 km, and GMTI moving target tracking to 30 km. Detection performance against fighter sized aerial targets is claimed to be 90 km. A jamming variant of the SU-32/34 has reportedly been discussed in the Indian and Russian trade press, with an L175V / KS418 high power jamming pod that is supposedly under development. Dec 28/10: The Russian Air Force receives 4 new Su-34 fighter-bombers at the air force’s Lipetsk Combat Training Center. Sukhoi. July 20/10: A Sukhoi release confirms that Su-34s used in the East-2010 military exercises used aerial refueling on their non-stop flight from the European part of Russia to the Far East, but makes it clear that this was more than just a ferry flight. The fighter-bombers carried out attacks as part of their routine. Sukhoi Director General Mikhail Pogosyan added that ” is planned to increase the operational capability of the aircraft by adding new aerial munitions.” June 23/10: RIA Novosti reports that a wing of SU-34s successfully accomplished a non-stop 6,000 km ferry flight from Lipetsk south of Moscow, to the Khabarovsk region in the Russian Far East. Even with a full load of wing tanks on a one-way trip, that’s a huge step up from the turbojet-powered SU-24M Fencer/ “Chemodahn*”, whose ferry range with wing tanks is listed as 3,055 Km.


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