Su-34 Bomber to Become Reconnaissance Aircraft

Su-34 Bomber to Become Reconnaissance Aircraft


The Russian Aerospace Forces have used a state-of-the-art reconnaissance complex based on the Su-34 frontline bomber for the first time in the special operation in Ukraine. As a reminder, the Su-34 as such (generation 4++) is originally a multifunctional frontline supersonic fighter-bomber, which in NATO was codified as Fullback, i.e. Defender.

This unique Soviet-Russian-developed aircraft is primarily designed for day and night strike by air weapons against enemy targets practically in any weather conditions in operational and tactical depth with the main effort concentrated at a distance of 150-600 km from the line of contact. The Su-34 can also operate in conditions where the enemy uses advanced electronic warfare means, as well as close countermeasures by anti-aircraft defense means.

As for the new reconnaissance complex on the basis of this Su-34, experts say that it makes it possible to transmit information to ground forces and firing units about coordinates and other parameters of enemy targets (in particular air defense positions and Ukrainian radars) via automatic communication channels in near-real time mode “to high precision.” Such capabilities of the Su-34 are provided by the latest suspended universal “reconnaissance containers” of three types: radar, radio-technical and opto-electronic.

These universal reconnaissance containers were created at the Kulon Research Institute, which is part of the Roselectronics Holding Company, as part of the Sych experimental design work, just to further expand the combat capabilities of the Su-34.

This unique aircraft can carry on twelve points of external suspension up to eight tons of weapons, including guided air-to-surface missiles, guided air-to-air missiles of various types, as well as aerial bombs (including corrected ones), disposable bomb cartridges and unguided rockets. The crew of the Su-34 consists of two people.

The Russian Armed Forces, together with units of the People's Militia of the DPR and LPR, continue to advance in northern Donbass. The Luhansk People's Republic has already been completely liberated, with the capture of the towns of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk eliminating the last pockets of resistance by the AFU in the republic. Moreover, the liberation allied forces are already approaching Slavyansk and Kharkiv. Not surprisingly, the number of deserters and evaders who do not want to take part in combat operations is growing in the ranks of the Ukrainian military.

As a result of the Russian Armed Forces’ offensive, together with units of the DPR and LPR People's Militia, they managed to completely cut off the Nezalezhnaya from the Sea of Azov and also to connect the Russian-controlled Kherson Region and Zaporizhzhia with the DPR.

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