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The highly maneuverable Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback is a Russian attack aircraft derivative of the latest line of Sukhoi fighters. Independently movable forward canards, powerful engines, and thrust vectoring give the aircraft the ability to maneuver with today's most modern aircraft and evade enemy missiles.
Sukhoi tells us that their Su-34 is the most advanced attack aircraft in the world. This is due to its long range, large ordnance capacity, and advanced avionics, including real time data linking to orbiting surveillance satellites and ground stations.
The aircraft is designed more like a bomber than a fighter. Its crew of two sits side by side, monitoring computer screens that display aircraft data. There is enough head room in the pressurized cockpit for standing, with a small kitchen and lavatory in the rear.
The Su-34 is highly automated. It can detect, evaluate, and react to perceived threats. The ground tracking radar can fly the aircraft at tree top levels and supersonic speeds. It automatically determines when to launch precision weapons and guides them to their targets.
One of the most striking visual features of the aircraft is its extended aft fuselage. This houses a rear facing weapons system. The system is capable of executing electronic and other counter measures, plus launching air to air missiles at persuing aircraft.
Although capable of in flight refueling, the aircraft has internal tanks that can hold up to 3,000 gallons of fuel. This gives the Su-34 up to a 2,500 mile range without refueling. It can carry up to 17,600 lbs. of the latest weapons on twelve pylons. This includes long range missiles which can be used against both land-based and maritime targets.
Although it first flew in 1990, financial constraints kept the Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback from being manufactured in quantity until recently. It appears that a total of ten of twelve aircraft are currently operational. Russia recently announced the signing of a contract with Sukhoi for an additional 92 aircraft. They plan to have about 120 Su-34 aircraft deployed by 2020.
X-Flight rc Su-34 Fullback.
X-Flight sells the rc Su-34 Fullback ARF pictured above. It has a wingspan of 35" with a length of 53 1/2". You can use 55 or 60 mm EDF units for power. All up weight should be around 40 oz.
The first two pictures below are of the rc Su-34 Fullback for sale from Hobby-Lobby. It has a wingspan of 35.5" and a length of 57". The ARF includes twin 64 mm EDF units driven by 3500 Kv motors, movable nozzles, installed retracts, and a flight battery. Weight is around 3 lbs. 5 oz.
The next two pictures below are of the fantastic rc Su-34 Fullback built by Ashine of RC Groups. We only know that it is 104" long and have no dimensions for wingspan, how it is powered, or weight. If you do, kindly let us know.
The last picture on this page is of the Su-34 Fullback ARF from Shenzhen Freewing Models, China. This company appears to be the manufacturer of the scale rc airplane sold on eBay, by KK Hobby, Japan, and numerous other retailers. It is a foamy with a length of 57", a wingspan of 35 1/2", retracts, twin 3500 kv or 3800 kv motors, with 64 mm thrust vectoring EDF units. It comes in blue or green colors. We suggest that you shop around for the best value if this model interests you.
A rc Su-34 Fullback from Hobby-Lobby.
Hobby-Lobby's rc Su-34 Fullback.
Ashine of rc Groups and his rc Su-34 Fullback.
Ashine's rc Su-34 Fullback climbing.
Shenzhen Freewing Models Su-34 Fullback.