|Faction||Russian Armed Forces|
|Seats|| 2 seats:
|Item capacity|| Max:
|Top speed||~ 1,400 km/h|
|Service ceiling||~ 10,000 m|
|Fuel capacity||1000 L|
|Primary armament|| Main:
|Secondary armament|| Secondary:
- Ground attack
|«|| The Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is a Russian-made two-seat fighter-bomber and strike aircraft. As with many modern bombers the pilots sit side by side.|
The Su-34 is equipped with GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon, six Kh-29 air-to-surface missile systems, four AA-11air-to-air missile platforms, and two S8 air-to-surface missile platforms.
The Su-34 is a twin-engined, ground attack-oriented plane that uses a swept wing/cropped delta hybrid airframe. It is based on the Flanker family of air superiority fighter jets, and is one of the most advanced fighter jets in use by the Russian military.
By default, the Su-34 is armed with a 30 mm cannon that feeds from a single 180-round linked belt of high-explosive (HE) shells.
It is also armed with twin 80 mm rocket pods mounted onto pylons on each wing, as well as air-to-ground anti-tank missiles/short-range, infrared-guided air-to-air missiles.
Each rocket pod contains up to 20 rockets that are fitted with HE warheads, while each wing also carries 3 Ch-29 AGMs and 2 R-73 AAMs (for a combined total of 6 AGMs and 4 AAMs altogether).
Unlike most conventional fighter jets, the Su-34 uses a unique tandem cockpit layout which houses both of its crew members (the pilot and gunner/weapons operator) who sit side-by-side as opposed to the traditional front-and-back layout used by most other jets in its class.
It boasts extremely high manoeuvrability since it uses the same airframe as its air superiority fighter parent, but carries ordnance optimised for attacking ground targets instead.
Fast and powerful, the Su-34 is extremely deadly against both air and ground targets. The Su-34 is noteworthy for being the only fixed-wing jet in ArmA 2 that has four AAMs as part of its default armament.
While these missiles are only IR-guided and short-ranged like the AIM-9s carried by the USMC's AV-8B/F-35, the Su-34 still has two more missiles ready to fire at once which allows it to serve as a rudimentary ASF if necessary.
Combined with its existing multi-role capabilities and high agility; not to mention the lack of a proper radar stealth mechanic being modelled in ArmA 2, the Su-34 far outclasses both of its USMC counterparts in almost every aspect, with perhaps only the Czech L-159 being able to match the Su-34 (and even then, not directly).
Although extremely fast, the Su-34 lacks VTOL capability like both of its American counterparts which restricts it to taking off and landing on conventional airstrips only. This does limit its flexibility since it can't be operated from any location as the AV-8B/F-35 are able to.
Like the slower and bulkier Su-39, the Su-34 also does not have access to any laser-guided or unguided iron bombs as well. This means that it can only resort to rocket fire to bombard structures or unarmoured/clumped up ground targets.
The Su-34 contains two seats for the pilot and weapons operator, who sits in tandem alongside the pilot in the cockpit. It is unable to transport any additional crewmen or passengers.
- The Su-34 was one of the few aircraft from the original ArmA 2 that was "upgraded" with the ability to launch anti-missile countermeasures with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
- While the Su-34 was rumoured to have seen its first trial by fire during the 2008 South Ossetia conflict, its appearance in ArmA 2 is still highly anachronistic as it would not enter actual service with the Russian Air Force until 2014 (five years after the events of Harvest Red).
See also Edit
Aircraft of comparable role and configuration Edit
|Russian Armed Forces - Vehicles (ArmA 2)|
|Wheeled||BTR-90 • BM-21 Grad • Kamaz • Vodnik • UAZ-469|
|Tracked||2S6M Tunguska • BMP-3 • T-72 • T-90|
|Rotor-wing||Ka-52 • Mi-8MTV-3 (Mi-17) • Mi-24P|
|Fixed-wing||Pchela-1T • Su-39 • Su-34|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants.|