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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6 Comments

  1. Primarily for ground attack; cockpit visibility is very poor for a true air superiority fighter. It seems a significant upgrade of their older SU-24. A powerful aircraft to be sure.

  2. The SU-34 has a wide view rear facing camera, rear facing radar and optic electronic sensors that provide complete situational awareness around the aircraft to the pilots. There are really no significant blind spots that handicap the crew on this plane.

  3. Not really since most missiles only have a limited engagement arc (boresight). If the target isn’t within the bore sight then the missile can’t track.

  4. The bomb that hit well known hospital in Afghanistan was a “smart one” ?!! then your definition of “smart” is really DUMB..

    • the targeting decision was not made by the bomb. ‘smart’ refers to the ability it has to correct its trajectory during flight, and precisely hit a target using laser designation or GPS coordinates.

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