YouTube – Sukhoi Su-34
2 x 30,845 lbs. ea.
1 x 30 mm
72 ft. 2 in.
48 ft. 3 in.
50,000 fpm (est.)
The highly maneuverable Sukhoi Su-34 is a Russian attack aircraft derivative of the latest line of Sukhoi fighters. Independently movable forward canards, powerful engines, and thrust vectoring give the aircraft the ability to maneuver with today’s most modern aircraft and evade enemy missiles.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is the most advanced attack aircraft of Russia. This is due to its long range, large ordnance capacity, and advanced avionics, including real time data linking to orbiting surveillance satellites and ground stations.
The aircraft is designed more like a bomber than a fighter. Its crew of two sits side by side, monitoring computer screens that display aircraft data. There is enough head room in the pressurized cockpit for standing, with a small kitchen and lavatory in the rear.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is highly automated. It can detect, evaluate, and react to perceived threats. The ground tracking radar can fly the aircraft at tree top levels and supersonic speeds. It automatically determines when to launch precision weapons and guides them to their targets.
One of the most striking visual features of the aircraft is its extended aft fuselage. This houses a rear facing weapons system. The system is capable of executing electronic and other counter measures, plus launching air to air missiles at persuing aircraft.
Although capable of in flight refueling, the aircraft has internal tanks that can hold up to 3,000 gallons of fuel. This gives the Sukhoi Su-34 up to a 2,500 mile range without refueling. It can carry up to 17,600 lbs. of the latest weapons on twelve pylons. This includes long range missiles which can be used against both land-based and maritime targets.
Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft have been deployed to Syria since September of 2015. They fly missions in support of the Syrian government against ISIS and rebels.
Although it first flew in 1990, financial constraints kept the Sukhoi Su-34 from being manufactured in quantity until recently. It appears that a total of about 120 aircraft are currently operational.
RC Sukhoi Su-34