United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) handed over another batch of Su-34 front-line bombers to the Russian Aerospace Forces today.
“Su-34 front-line bombers make up an important part of the strike power of Russian front-line aviation,” UAC said in a statement. The Su-34 has expanded combat capabilities that allow the use of advanced aviation weapons, which will increase the range of destruction of ground and surface targets, expand the conditions and accuracy of bombing.
The Sukhoi Su-34 has been instrumental in attacking Ukrainian positions, with a reported average of 140 sorties daily, and has been labeled as one of the most powerful fighters used by Russia in ongoing war.
RUSI scholars claim this bomber was used to conduct fighter sweeps and strike missions up to 300km inside Ukrainian territory at altitudes ranging from 12,000-30,000 feet.
As of 20 May 2023, there have been 20 visually confirmed cases of Su-34s being lost, damaged or abandoned by Russian forces since the start of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, reports say.