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Sukhoi Su-34 Platypus

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Su-34 Wing: span 14.70 m (48 ft 2.75 in); aspect ratio 5.6; wing area 46.50 m2 (500.54 sq ft) Fuselage and tail: length 21.90 m (71 ft 10 in) height 5.90 m (19 ft 4 in~; tailplane span 9.90 m (32 ft 6 in); wheel track 4.33 m (14 ft 2.5 in); wheel base 5.88 m (19 ft 3.5 in) Powerplant: Two NPO Saturn/Lyul'ka, AL-31 FM turbofans, each rated at 130.42 kN (29,320 lb st) with afterburning) Weights: empty 17700 kg (39,021 lb); normal take-off 23250 kg (51,257 lb); maximum take off 44,360 kg (97,795 lb) Fuel and load: normal internal fuel load about 5270 kg (11,618 lb);maximum internal fuel 9400 kg (20,723 lb); maximum ordnance 8,000 kg (17,636 lb) Speed: limiting Mach 2.35; maximum level speed at 11000 m (36,000 ft) Mach 1.8 and at sea level Mach 1.15 1,400 km/h, 870 mph) Range: with maximum internal fuel 4,000 km (2,160 km: 2,485 miles~ Performance: maximum rate of climb at sea level 19800 m (64,960 ft) per minute: service ceiling 17,000 m (55,755 ft): take-off run 450 m (1,476 ft) at maximum take-off weight; landing run 700 m (2,297 ft) at normal landing weight g limits: + 8


TYPE:
Long-range theatre bomber.

PROGRAMME:
Production development of Su-27IB, to replace MiG-27, Su-17 and some Su-24s from 1996. First production Su-34, built at Novosibirsk, flew 18 December 1993; at Zhukovsky flight test centre early 1994.

DESIGN FEATURES:
Generally as described for Su-27IB. Changes include, dielectric nose to house nav/attack and terrain-following/avoidance radar; tail fins containing integral fuel tankage; titanium cockpit armour; new main landing gear units with smaller, tandem wheels; and a longer, larger diameter tail cone. This has been raised and now extends as a spine above the rear fuselage to blend into the rear of the cockpit fairing. It houses at its tip a rearward facing radar to detect aircraft approaching from the rear. Su-34 may carry underwing a number of rearward facing infrared homing air-to-air missiles developed from the Vympel R-73 (AA-11 'Archer') for use against such aircraft flying at heights from 50 to 13000 m (165-42650 ft) over ranges of 1 to 10 or 12 km (3300 ft to 6-7.5 miles). The brake-chute is repositioned in the spine to the rear of the spine/fairing juncture.

POWER PLANT:
Two Saturn/Lyulka AL-31FM turbofans; each 137.3 kN (30865 lb st) with afterburning.

ACCOMMODATION: Two crew side by side on K-36 zero/zero ejection seats. Access to cockpit via door in nosewheel bay; area protected with 17 mm (2/3 in) thick titanium; toilet and galley installed.

AVIONICS:
Multi-function radar with high resolution. Multi-function displays.

ARMAMENT:
One 30 mm GSh-301 gun, as Su-27. High-precision self-homing and guided air-to-surface missiles and KAB-500 laser-guided bombs with ranges of 0 to 135 nm (250 km; 155 miles); R-73 and R-77 (AA-12 AMRAAM class) air-to-air missiles.

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