Algeria could be Su-34’s first foreign customer despite Russia’s rejection – news

Algeria is preparing to receive the first batch of Russian Su-34 tactical bombers this year, more than 8 years after a difficult round of negotiations began, to receive 14 of these aircraft, fully adapted to Algerian Air Force specifications, and after reviewing their skills in Syria. Production of the first batch of six Su-34Es began at the Novosibirsk (NAZ) (VP Chkalova) plants in January, according to the Algerian blog Mena Defense, which stated that this is the first order for the constitution of a bomb squadron. Long range tactic, able to form up to two others.

However, Russia does not confirm the delivery of these devices to Algeria. According to Russian media Interfax, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) has refused the information, according to the FSMTC spokesman: The Russian Federation does not confirm the information posted on the Internet that Russia plans to send a batch of Su-34- Transfer planes to Algeria. There is no aircraft production for Algeria.

That denial could nonetheless respond to U.S. law to counter adversaries through sanctions (CAATSA), a U.S. federal law that imposes sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Turkey was affected by the sanctions after purchasing the S-400 air defense system, albeit in a reduced form. The Russian position also recalls the rejection of a contract with Egypt for the Su-35 fighter in 2019, the third customer after China and Indonesia.

According to the Algerian blog, the production process of the first batch of six Su-34E bombers for Algeria should be completed by the end of 2021 and used to train Algerian pilots and ground crew instructors. Training in Russia starts next summer. The rest of the production will be delivered in 2022 and 2023.

Russian company Sukhoi also announced late last year that the last serial Su-34 tactical bomber was being tested by manufacturer Novosibirsk Aircraft Enterprise (a subsidiary of Sukhoi Company), which produced nearly 100 Su-34 fighter-bombers under a long life -term contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russia is also working on an updated version of the Su-34M fighter-bomber, the production contract for which is expected to be signed this year.

The Su-34 Tactical Bomber is a version of the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker of the Soviet Union. It was originally made to replace tactical bombers such as the Su-17 and Su-24. In contrast to these, it is a high-performance long-range tactical bomber that, in addition to its electronic warfare ability, also attacks high-quality land and sea targets.

There are some shortcomings, however, as the main weakness is that the tail of the cockpit is closed, which limits its ability to engage in close combat. The Su-34 has a combat range of 1,100 km and a top speed of 1,900 km / h. The Su-34 has 12 hard points to carry 8,000 kg of ammunition. The Su-34 had its first conflict experiences in the Georgian War (South Ossetia). It was also used effectively by the Russian Air Force in Syria, which was stationed at the Latakia Air Force Base in Syria. From 2006 until today 100 units of the Su-34 have been produced. (Mohammed Halimi)

Photo: Sukhoi S-34 fighter-bomber.

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