This cool Infographic says all you need to know about the Sukhoi Su-34 the most advanced Russian plane in Syria

The Su-34 Fullback is the most advanced jet the Russian Air Force has deployed to Syria.

Entered in active service with the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2014, the Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback is a two-seat strike fighter with a maximum range of 4,000 km, a payload of up to 12,000 kg on 12 hardpoints, the ability to carry R-77 and and R-73 missiles, a 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, and a Khibiny ECM suite.

Six Fullbacks were deployed to Latakia, to join the RuAF contingent in Syria on Sept. 28. The aircraft took part to the first air strikes on ISIS targets using the only PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) dropped by the Russian planes (mainly delivering dumb bombs) so far: the KAB-500S.

The infographic below (if you are reading from your mobile device click here), published by Sputnik, provides some interesting details about the Su-34.

Su-34 infographic

Image credit: Sputnik News

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  1. More than the seat positioning itself, it’s the total lack of rearward visibility that will hurt in AtA fight. The huge (non-jettisonable) internal fuel mass, huge visibility in visual / IR / and radar spectrum all factors which won’t help too.

    Still, what a splendid bird!
    Even if I disregard a bit its pretended air to air value (compared with true AtA designs), it’s very capable in that regard for a heavy striker…

  2. thanks for this beautiful chart… su-34 was developed for long range strike and interdiction… in syria they can go with full load and bomb the shit out of “allahu akhbar” islamists. russia will bomb everybody until they are ready to talk or unconditional surrender. that worked with hitler so it should work with IS and al-nusra.

  3. Well yeah. It is supposedly better for long range strike missions though – which is its role.

  4. Russia announced today that the reason they “invaded” Turkish Airspace was bad weather.

    Good thing NATO is buying F-35’s to combat these fearsome creatures… all the F-35 needs to do pretend to be a cloud, should not be hard for the F-35 to do nothing useful.

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