ITAR-TASS reports today that Sukhoy will transfer the next part of its serial order of Su-34 fighter-bombers from the Novosibirsk Aviation Production Association (APO) to the Air Forces before the end of this year.
A Sukhoy spokesman told ITAR-TASS the Su-34 is being produced under the 2008 state contract for 32 aircraft. And the Air Forces have already received five, according to this report. Completion of this contract will reportedly give them ‘nearly 40.’
One notes, however, there have been many plans for Su-34 deliveries over the years that were not realized.
The wire service item reminds readers the ‘4+ generation’ Su-34s participated in Vostok-2010, refueling in air as they flew non-stop to airfields in the east. The Sukhoy spokesman stressed the Su-34’s combat radius ‘approaching the ranges of strategic bomber flights.’