Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The collapse of Russia’s arms industry in the 1990s really hurt the SU-34′s development, but it has recovered. A development journey that began with the aircraft’s maiden flight in 1990, as the T10V/SU-27IB, ended in 2010 with deliveries and fielding under a 5-year production contract, followed by a 2012 full rate production order.

RIA Novosti put the plane’s mission simply: “The Su-34 is meant to deliver a sufficiently large ordnance load to a predetermined area, hit the target accurately and take evasive action against pursuing enemy planes.” Other reports have gone further, stating that the plane is also meant to be able to handle enemy fighters in aerial combat. Given its base platform characteristics, it would likely match up well in the air against many of America’s “teen series” aircraft.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The Su-34 contains 57,000 items which must be assembled in the correct order. Some components, such as the engine, are being produced in other plants, where they are tested, and then shipped to the assembly plant, where they are mounted in the body of the aircraft.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The small holes are pre-drilled on the machine, and then on the stocks the correct diameter is drilled.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The air intakes are assembled here.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The third stage of the assembly shop is the most interesting. This is the check of the aircraft for leaks. The machine is driven into a huge box and water is applied.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The crane for heavy parts.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

A top view on the workshop.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Several aircraft are being produced at the same time.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

A rudder.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The fuel system.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Inspecting the work.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

A part of the wing is being transported.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Every plane is tested.

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

A new steel bird, made a short run, climbed off the ground and disappeared after a few seconds into the low clouds. It flew toward the sun and to the place of its habitat.

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10 thoughts on “Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers”

    • Whenever I see a plane crash… all this work comes to my mind.

      Michael, airplanes manufacturing it’s artesanal.

      They are, all, assembled by hand. Every single bit of them.

      Both, civilian and military ones.

    • Something like this, with so many components doesn’t lend itself well to mass production. Just too many parts, your production line would have to be miles long. Easier to keep them in one place for the most part, and move them around only as you add major components (like wings).

      They do move, just not far, and not often.

  1. I see the obligatory honey in this pic!!!

    http://media.englishrussia.com/newpictures/The-birth-of-SU-34/1093858_original.jpg

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