Russia’s air force has ordered 92 Su-34 frontline bombers from Sukhoi in the largest order for the type, while the Russian Navy has ordered 24 MiG-29 fighters.
The Su-34s will be delivered through 2020. The order was signed by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Anatoly Serdyukov and General Director of JSC Sukhoi Igor Ozar.
The Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association is currently carrying out serial production of the Su-34 in compliance with an existing state contract for the delivery of 32 Su-34 aircraft signed in 2008. Ten of the fighter-bombers have already been delivered.
Serdyukov called this contract one of the largest military aircraft delivery contracts within the framework of the State Arms programme for 2011-2020. The acquisition of the Su-34s allows for the replacement of Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bombers.
On February 14 Su-24 flights were suspended a day after one of the aircraft crashed during a routine flight. Both pilots ejected safety. The crash was the third to involve the type in the last four months. Russia partly resumed Su-24 flights on February 28.
Mikhail Pogosyan, president of United Aircraft Corporation President and chairman of Sukhoi, said that the contract guarantees a high production load for Sukhoi and its affiliated companies, giving momentum for their long-term development.
The Su-34 finished state trials in September last year.
Meanwhile, the Russian Navy has signed a contract for 20 MiG-29K carrier-based fighters and four MiG-29KUB trainers. Deliveries will take place between 2013 and 2015, with the aircraft to be operated from the Russian Navy’s carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. It currently flies Su-33 naval fighters.
MiG confirmed on Wednesday that Serdyukov and MiG general director Sergei Korotkov had signed the contract.
“The signature of this contract is a real step in fulfilling our programme for rearming the forces. The naval air forces will get a modern combat aircraft – as good as any in the world,” Serdyukov said.