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A new Russian fighter-bomber capable of delivering high-precision strikes has started its final test flights
A new Russian fighter-bomber capable of delivering high-precision strikes has started its final test flights, a senior official said Wednesday. "We have practically completed the tests [of Su-27IB fighter-bomber]," said Yury Tregubenkov, director of the Chkalov center in Siberia. "Only a few of them are left and we are planning to complete them in a year to 18 months." He said that the aircraft could be officially given the designation Su-34 after the tests were completed. The Su-34 (NATO reporting name Fullback) fighter-bomber is a two-seat strike aircraft equipped with twin AL-31MF afterburning turbojet engines. It is designed to deliver high-precision strikes at heavily guarded targets in any weather conditions, day or night. Its armament includes a 30mm GSh-301 cannon, up to 12 Alamo or Archer AAMs, ASMs, and bombs. Air Force Commander Vladimir Mikhailov said yesterday that Russia's Air Force would receive a regiment of new Su-34s by 2010. The Chkalov center is also conducting tests of several warplanes and the Mi-28 Night Hunter and the K-52 Alligator attack helicopters.
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