Full of Fullbacks

Russia’s frontal aviation bomber fleet in service with the Russian Air and Space Force received 16 Su-34 Fullbacks in 2016. The last four Su-34s built by Sukhoi at its Novosibirsk Aviation Plant were handed over to the 277th Bomber Air Regiment (BAP) at Khurba Air Base near Komsomolsk-onAmur, on December 23, 2016.

According to the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, the four aircraft will be the first Su-34s assigned to the second squadron of the Khurba-based bomber regiment, replacing the upgraded Su-24M2 Fencer. Earlier in 2016, the 277th BAP, assigned to the Eastern Military District, took delivery of 12 Su-34s to replace the Su-24M2 assigned to the first squadron the first of which arrived at Khurba on May 30, 2016.

Two other regiments re-equipped with the Su-34 between 2011 and 2015: 24 went to the 47th Composite Aviation Regiment at Voronezh in the Western Military District and 36 to the 559th BAP at Morozovsk in the Southern Military District. The Novosibirsk plant has built 98 Su-34s, with two more expected to be handed over to the air force by January.

Alexander Mladenov