March 1, 2012, Moscow — Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and General Director of the Sukhoi Company Igor Ozar signed a state contract for delivery of 92 Su-34 frontline bombers
The series production of the aircraft takes place in the Sukhoi holding’s Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO) in the framework of the five-year state contract signed in 2008 to supply 32 Su-34 frontline bombers. 10 aircraft have already been delivered to the Air Force.
According to Anatoly Serdyukov, this is one of the largest contracts for the supply of combat aircraft, under the State Armament Program for 2011-2020. Implementation of the program will allow soon largely replacing Su-24 front bombers currently in service.
The President of the United Aircraft Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sukhoi Company Mikhail Pogosyan stressed at the ceremony that the state contract guarantees the Sukhoi Company and allied enterprises a high production load, giving a new impetus to their development in the long term.
The characteristics and combat capabilities of the aircraft delivered are in full conformity with the requirements of the Air Force, which was confirmed in the state joint testing, which ended in September 2011.
The Su-34 can effectively engage land-based, sea- and airborne targets in any geographic area by day and night in all weathers with the whole range of aviation ordnance, including high-precision types. In terms of operational capabilities it is a 4+ generation aircraft.