Russia receives the final batch of Su-34 fighter jets under a 2008 deal with Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers, according to RIA Novosti.
The aircraft, also known by the NATO codename Fullback, were handed over at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, which is part of the Sukhoi holding company.
Sukhoi officials were quoted as saying in the report that the company has already started implementing another contract with the Defense Ministry to deliver an additional 92 Su-34s, making a total of 124 aircraft by 2020.
A derivative of the Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 is fitted with twin AL-31MF afterburner turbojet engines and can carry a payload of up to eight tons of precision-guided weapons over 4,000 kilometers.
The aircraft will eventually replace all of the ageing Su-24 strike aircraft in service with the Russian air force and navy.
Russia is planning to quadruple its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 in a race for the top spot on the global arms exporters list, a senior government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “Not counting inflation, I think we could reach $50 billion [in arms exports] annually by 2020,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in Moscow
Russia is planning to develop an advanced lightweight fighter jet prototype to supplement fifth-generation T-50 aircraft, a government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The new aircraft is expected to be cheaper to produce and easier to maintain, but should also possess combat capabilities and performance characteristics comparable with those of heavy-class aircraft
Russia is testing new radar designed to detect highly maneuverable aerial targets – including cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles – at a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles), allowing it to cover most of Europe. The new-generation over-the-horizon radar, dubbed Container, was put on trial duty near the town of Kovylkino in Russias republic of Mordovia on December 2, according to RIA Novosti
Russian armed forces will conduct test flights of a drone aircraft from the United Arab Emirates early next year. The unmanned United 40 Block 5 long-range reconnaissance vehicle will be tested to assess whether it meets the militarys operational needs
Russia will launch a total of 11 military satellites by 2015, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Speaking at a meeting on the development of the Russian satellite fleet, Putin said five military satellites have already joined Russias orbital group in 2013 and that five more will be added to it before the year is out
Russia plans to develop fully automated air defense radars and deploy them to the Arctic, a senior aerospace defense official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “We are significantly cutting the number of service personnel operating air defense equipment,” Maj
Sukhoi has delivered the first batch of Su-34 bombers to Russian air force for this year. The jets took off from the airfield of Novosibirsk Aviation Plant and headed to their home base, Sukhoi said in a press statement Today
The Russian Air Force will get about 20 new flight simulators for training fighter and ground-attack crews later this year, according to RIA Novosti. The trainers are to simulate a number of new types of aircraft now entering service, including new variants of Sukhoi and MiG fighters and ground-attack aircraft, as well as the Mi-8 AMTSh transport and Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters
Russian shipbuilders are gearing up for India's $11.8 billion “stealth” diesel-electric submarines tender, with plans to offer its fourth-generation Amur-1650 boats, in order to accommodate Brahmos missiles and an Indian-made air-independent propulsion system
The refit of one of Russias four heavy nuclear-powered missile cruisers has begun after years of delays, according to RIA Novosti. The work on the Admiral Nakhimov will revamp its firepower and set the stage for the revitalization of the Russian Navys capital ships, which have not been modernized in the post-Soviet era
The Russian Aerospace Defense Force will add dozens of radars this year, a defense official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The list includes six Nebo-M active electronically scanned arrays (AESA) and a mix of 23 Podlyot low-altitude and Sopka medium- and high-altitude radars, an unspecified number of modernized Kasta and Desna radars
The Russian Navy is expected to receive 40 new warships and auxiliary vessels this year, according to RIA Novosti. In addition to surface ships of various classes, the navy will also commission the third Borey-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, and a Varshavyanka-class diesel electric submarine, Rear Admiral Viktor Bursuk, a deputy commander of the Russian navy was quoted as saying in the report
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