New Batch Of Su-34 Fullback Jets Delivered To Russian Air Force As Moscow Offsets Losses | Aviation

The addition to the fleet comes amid considerable losses of the fighter since the beginning of the war. According to the most recent reports, the Russia Aerospace Forces have lost 34 Su-34s in combat.

Russia’s UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) rolled out the “next batch” of Su-34 Fullback fighters from the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant, to be subsequently “sent to troops” following a “series of factory tests.”

While the statement from the company does not mention the number of Su-34s involved, photos and videos suggest two aircraft were delivered. This represents the second delivery of Su-34s in 2024, as two other aircraft rolled out in April, making it a total of four Fullback units finishing construction this year.

The aircraft recently delivered were also shown carrying EW (Electronic Warfare) pods on the wingtips. The pods resemble the L-175 Khibiny series of EW/ESM systems, an electronic countermeasures system designed to detect ground AD (Air Defense) ‘painting’ the fighter and attempt jamming their targeting systems.

Oryx, the leading open-source intelligence and military research forum, has counted Russia having lost 24 to 26 Su-34s by the end of 2023, with four of them lost during “non-combat related incidents.”

On Feb. 29, 2024, Western reports quoted…

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