Russia launches full-scale production of new-generation warplane

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  1. Royzee617

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    Russia launches full-scale production of new-generation warplane
    MOSCOW. January 9. KAZINFORM. Russia has started full-scale production of the Su-34 Fullback fighter bomber at a Siberian aircraft plant, plane maker Sukhoi said on Wednesday.

    A company spokesman said up to 20 fighters could now be assembled simultaneously at the Novosibirsk Aviation Production Association (NAPO), but did not specify how many would be built each year.

    The $36 million Su-34 fighter-bomber is a two-seat strike aircraft equipped with twin AL-31MF afterburning turbojet engines. It is designed to deliver high-precision strikes on heavily-defended targets under any weather conditions, day or night, and fields weaponry that includes a 30mm GSh-301 cannon, up to 12 Alamo or Archer AAMs, ASMs, and bombs.

    Designed by Sukhoi, the Su-34s will replace the Su-24 Fencer frontline bombers. Experts said the new bomber has the potential to become the top plane in its class for years to come.

    To date only a handful of pre-production models have been built. In mid-2004 Sukhoi announced that low-rate production was commencing and that initial aircraft would reach squadron service around 2008, Kazinform cites RIA Novosti.

    In March 2006, Russia's then Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that the government had purchased only two Su-34s for delivery in 2006, and planned to have a complete air regiment of 24 Su-34s operational by the end of 2010. A total of 58 aircraft will be purchased by 2015 to replace some of 300 Su-24s, which are undergoing modernization to prolong their service life.

    details of the plane here

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfeAAGU0LAs
     
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    Well... i think it is kind of ugly...you dont make a nose wider than it is tall.
     
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    They've been building this for over 10 years. Tandem side-by-side seating with a toilet. As I recall, they even were planning on installing rearward firing missiles for protection.
     
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    amazing plane
     
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    That is ugly, looks like a ducks bill and head from the front
     
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    I think it is almost ugly. From the side it looks likes a snake that has just had lunch.

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    That's a good description. :lol:
     
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    sssssssssssssssss
     
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    Yeah, they've been trying to sell it to countries like Indonesia and India for years; it's actually quite a capable aircraft with impressive range, hence the on-board head and a small bunk for the crew. It's probably equivalent to an early-model F-15E in terms of capability and sophistication.
     
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    no restroom on the Mudhen tho
    like an updated 'Vaark methinks
    presume it has some of the Su27's manouevres tho
     
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    i don't see whats wrong with the looks it looks like a DAMN fine plane to me
     
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    Hmmmm looks a bit strange, looks like Russia is spending some major coin!
     
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    Looks like a platypus.
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: COOL plane though
     
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    SU 34 STATS
    Crew: Two
    Length: 23.34 m (72 ft 2 in)
    Wingspan: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
    Height: 6.09 m (19 ft 5 in)
    Loaded weight: 39,000 kg (85,980 lb)
    Useful load: 8,000 kg (17,600 lb)
    Max takeoff weight: 45,100 kg (99,425 lb)
    Powerplant: 2× Lyulka AL-35F turbofans, 137.2 kN (30,845 lbf) with afterburner each

    Performance
    Maximum speed:

    High altitude: Mach 1.8 (1,900 km/h, 1,180 mph)
    Low altitude: Mach 1.14 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph) at sea level
    Combat radius: 1,100 km (680 mi)
    Ferry range: 4,000 km (2,490 mi)
    Service ceiling 15,000 m (49,200 ft)
    Wing loading: 629 kg/m² (129 lb/ft²)
    Thrust/weight: 0.68

    Armament
    1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 (9A-4071K) cannon, 150 rounds
    2× wingtip rails for R-73 (AA-11 'Archer') air-to-air missiles
    10× wing and fuselage stations for up to 8,000 kg (17,630 lb) of ordnance, including Kh-29L/T, Kh-25MT/ML, Kh-25MP, Kh-36, Kh-38, Kh-41, Kh-59M, Kh-58, Kh-31P, Kh-35 Ural, Kh-41, Kh-65S, Kh-SD, 2 Moskit, 3 Jachont air-to-ground missiles, KAB-500L/KR or KAB-1500L guided bombs, unguided bombs, B-8 rocket pods with 20 80 mm S-8 rockets, B-13 rocket pods with 5 122 mm S-13 rockets, O-25 rocket pords with 1 340 mm S-25 rocket, fuel tanks, EW- and reconnaissance pods.

    F15 E

    General characteristics
    Crew: 2
    Length: 63.8 ft (19.4 m)
    Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13.05 m)
    Height: 18.5 ft (5.63 m)
    Wing area: 608 ft² (56.5 m²)
    Airfoil: NACA 64A006.6 root, NACA 64A203 tip
    Empty weight: 31,700 lb (14,300 kg)
    Max takeoff weight: 81,000 lb (36,700 kg)
    Powerplant: 2× Pratt Whitney F100-229 afterburning turbofans, 29,000 lbf (129 kN) each

    Performance
    Maximum speed: Mach 2.5+ (1,650 mph, 2,660 km/h)
    Range: 2,400 mi (2,100 nmi, 3,900 km)
    Service ceiling 60,000 ft (18,300 m)
    Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (15,000 m/min)

    Armament
    Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan gatling gun, 510 rounds of either M-56 or PGU-28 ammunition
    Missiles: 8×
    Missiles: 8×
    AIM-7M Sparrow
    AIM-9M Sidewinder
    AIM-120 AMRAAM
    AGM-65 Maverick
    AGM-130
    AGM-84 Harpoon
    AGM-84K SLAM-ER
    AGM-154 JSOW
    AGM-158 JASSM
    Bombs:

    B61 nuclear bomb
    Mark 82 bomb
    Mark 84 bomb
    CBU-87 CEM
    CBU-89 Gator
    CBU-97 SFW
    CBU-103 CEM
    CBU-104 Gator
    CBU-105 SFW
    GBU-10 Paveway II
    GBU-12 Paveway II
    GBU-15
    GBU-24 Paveway III
    GBU-27 Paveway III
    GBU-28
    GBU-31
    GBU-38
    GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb

    They are both highly dangerous i would however hesitate in pointing out a better.
    note* Sources are from Wiki
     
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    Su-34 is more bomber than a fighter, and F-15E is fighter, that can bomb. They were designed for slightly different roles. For example, Su-34 has armour protection, better low-flying capabilities and better combat range, F-15E has better air-to-air potential esspecialy after it will be refitted with AESA radar this year as it was been planned.
    That's the reason nobody really wants to buy the Fullback - it's very specialized plane, designed according to the USSR cold war demands and specifications, and it's expensive too. It's good only when you have a plenty of fighters in your airforce and can afford to make very capable planes but only for a very special purpose.
    Airforces around the world with exception of the 5-6 of the biggest ones will not maintain fighters AND bombers at the same time when you have an multirole aircraft as an option. That's why some Asia countries buy Su-30MKX instead - excellent air-to -air capabilities, decent range, and sufficient air-to-ground capability as well. All in one. And it's waaay cheaper than the Fullback)).
    So I would hesitate in comparing both aircrafts at all since they have slightly different roles, maybe Su-30MKX vs. F-15E would be a better option
     
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    Saw it at Farnborough years ago and it was plenty agile for such a big machine.

    Will replace the Su-24 Fencer. But if the Russians have the cash to do that is another matter.
     
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    The funding is not a problem anymore. The problem could be production capabilities of Sukhoi - from what I've heard their plants are overloaded with current orders of the Su-30MKX.
     
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