Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalov (NAZ, part of Sukhoi Holding Company) delivered three Su-34 bombers to Russian air forces on July 18th 2014, ARMS-TASS reports with reference to a source close to the military-industrial sector.
"Today NAZ delivered three Su-34 bombers to the air forces, - the source noted. – One jet has already departed to its home base and the rest two ones will depart soon". This is the second batch of Su-34 bombers delivered to the air forces this year, the source added.
The contract for delivery of 32 Su-34 aircraft to Russian Ministry of Defense was signed in 2008. In 2012 NAZ and the ministry signed the second contract for delivery of 92 bombers of the type. In 2014 NAZ must manufacture 18 Su-34 jets.
Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalov was established in 1931. During the Great Patriotic War the plant manufactured over 15,000 Yak-7 and Yak-9 fighters. After the war the enterprise manufactured combat aircraft. At present the plant’s flagship product is Su-34 jets. Moreover, NAZ assembles a number of components for Sukhoi Superjet 100. The enterprise employs over 6,700 workers.
Su-34 bomber was developed by Sukhoi Design Bureau. It is designed for destroying ground, surface and air targets under any weather and lighting conditions using aerial bombs and missiles. It is also able to carry different types of radar equipment, including special EW suites. In future Su-34 bombers will replace the whole Su-24 fleet. A total of 150-200 jets of the type will be delivered to the air forces.