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The ‘platypus’ Su-34 shows its power in the sky of Donbass

April 7, 2022 13:30 GMT+7

Recently, a video recording the scene of a Su-34 fighter jet of the Russian Aerospace Forces fighting at low altitude over one of the settlements of Donbass (Ukraine) was posted on social networks. .

According to records, the aircraft threw heat traps over the combat area, throwing decoys helped the flying squadron to protect itself from attacks by man-portable air defense systems.

Earlier, after negotiations with Ukraine at the end of March, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the country had completed the first phase of the military operation in Ukraine and decided to significantly reduce its military activity near the city of Kiev and Ukraine. Chernihiv aims to strengthen mutual trust, create necessary conditions for future negotiations and achieve the ultimate goal of signing a peace agreement with Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed that the combat capacity of the Ukrainian armed forces has been significantly reduced. According to Shoigu, the Russian military can now focus on achieving the main goal of the military operation in Ukraine, which is “liberation of Donbass”.

In an interview with French media on April 6, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area around the capital Kiev was a “goodwill gesture aimed at creating favorable conditions” for the meeting. Russia-Ukraine negotiations. However, Mr. Peskov acknowledged that peace talks between Moscow and Kiev were not progressing as quickly or as strongly as expected.

The Su-34 bomber (NATO designation Fullback) was developed in the early 1980s based on the Su-27 heavy multirole fighter. The prototype was originally called the T-10V (official name Su-27IB). However, due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the program was delayed several times and it was not until the mid-1990s that the program resumed with the new name Su-34.

The Su-34 is an attack aircraft designed for ground attack missions but also has the same air combat capabilities as fighters, so it is called a bomber. In the service of the Russian army, according to open sources, there are more than 120 Su-34 supersonic bombers.

Su-34 is the only attack aircraft of the Russian Air Force capable of flying up to 4,000 km without refueling. Su-34 is applied a lot of advanced avionics technology. The radar of the Su-34 is capable of detecting targets at a distance of 250 km, mapping the ground at a distance of up to 150 km. As a bomber capable of an attack aircraft, the Su-34 is also armed with a variety of short/long range air-to-air missiles, including the R-77, R-27 and R-73 missiles.

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