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The Su-34 is a fighter-bomber featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


ArmA: Armed Assault

Su-34
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Fighter-Bomber
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 1,398 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 8,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GSh-30 30 mm
Secondary armament Default Loadout:
  • 4× R-73 AAM
  • 4× S-8T 80 mm Rocket Pods

Anti-Tank Loadout:

  • 4× Ch-29 AGM
  • 2× S-8 80 mm Rocket Pods
Variants Su-34B
Games
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The Su-34 is used exclusively by the SLA in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Ground attack
« The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name Fullback) was developed primarily for the strike/attack role to replace the Su-24 Fencer. It is a derivative of the Su-27 Flanker, easily distinguished by its side-by-side cockpit and 'platypus' nose.
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Design

The Su-34 is a twin-engined, ground attack-oriented plane that uses a swept wing/cropped delta hybrid airframe.

It is based on the Flanker family of air superiority fighter jets, and is one of the most advanced fighter jets in use by the Russian military.

Armament
By default, the Su-34 is armed with a 30 mm cannon that feeds from a single 180-round belt loaded with high-explosive (HE) shells.

Other parts of its default armament suite include four short-ranged, air-to-air missiles and four 80 mm rocket pods with each containing up to 20 rockets fitted with HE warheads (for a total of 80 rockets combined).

A dedicated sub-variant is also available, and exchanges half of its rockets and A2A missiles for four anti-tank missiles instead.

Features
Unlike most conventional fighter jets, the Su-34 uses a unique tandem cockpit layout which houses both of its crew members (the pilot and gunner/weapons operator) who sit side-by-side as opposed to the traditional front-and-back layout used by most other jets in its class.

Fast and powerful, the Su-34 has extremely high manoeuvrability since it uses the same airframe as its air superiority fighter parent, but carries ordnance optimised for attacking ground targets instead.

The Su-34 is deadly against both air and ground targets thanks to its diverse loadout, and is arguably better at ground attack duties than the bulkier AV-8B Harrier.

Drawbacks
Although extremely fast, the Su-34 lacks VTOL capability like the American Harrier, which restricts it to taking off and landing on conventional airstrips only. This does limit its flexibility since it can't be operated from any location as the AV-8B is able to.

Crew Capacity
The Su-34 contains two seats for the pilot and weapons operator, who sits in tandem alongside the pilot in the cockpit. It is unable to transport any additional crewmen or passengers.


Variants

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Dedicated anti-vehicle variant.

Unlike the default Su-34's loadout, this variant is outfitted with two less rocket pods (lowering its total rocket count to only 40) and carries four anti-tank missiles instead.


Protection

Both variants of the Su-34 have base armour values of 60.

Hull

The Su-34's hull can survive up to 60 points of damage before its integrity fails.


Armament

The gunner controls all four weapon systems on the Su-34 (regardless of loadout):

GSh-30

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
55 820

30 mm autocannon. Fires HE shells that are useful for Within Visual Range (WVR) dogfights.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 1,500 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 820 m/s. The shells have a blast radius of just 1 metre.

R-73

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NOTE: Only available on the baseline Su-34 variant.

Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 50 2,000

Short range infrared-guided air-to-air missile.

R-73 missiles are soft launched and require 10 seconds to reach a top in-flight speed of 2,000 m/s. There is always an imposed firing delay of 1 second in-between launches. The warhead has a blast radius of 7 metres.

S-8T

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 430 1,600

Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Strong against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

Rockets are soft launched and require 0.2 seconds to reach a top speed of 1,600 m/s in-flight. The warheads have a blast radius of 5 metres.

Ch-29

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NOTE: Only available on the Su-34B variant.

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 900

Air-to-ground anti-tank missiles.

Ch-29 AGMs utilise infrared guidance for lock-ons. Missiles are soft launched and require 1 second to reach a top in-flight speed of 500 m/s. The warheads have a blast radius of just 1 metre.


Trivia

  • Both variants of the Su-34 were not initially available in Armed Assault and were only added after the release of Patch 1.04.
    • Prior to Patch 1.06, it also lacked proper landing lights for when the gear was lowered.
  • Its appearance in Armed Assault is highly anachronistic as full-rate production for the Russian Air Force was not approved until 2008; let alone for export sales, which currently (as of 2018) only has the Algerian Air Force as its sole foreign customer.

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ArmA 2

Su-34
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Type Fighter-Bomber
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 1,400 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 10,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GSh-30-1 30 mm
  • 6× Ch-29 AGM
  • 2× S-8T 80 mm Rocket Pods
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 4× R-73 AAM

Defensive:

  • 120× Countermeasures (Flare/Chaff)
Variants None
Games
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The Su-34 is used exclusively by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Ground attack
« The Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is a Russian-made two-seat fighter-bomber and strike aircraft. As with many modern bombers the pilots sit side by side.
The Su-34 is equipped with GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon, six Kh-29 air-to-surface missile systems, four AA-11air-to-air missile platforms, and two S8 air-to-surface missile platforms.
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Design

Like its Armed Assault predecessor, the ArmA 2 Su-34 remains as a highly manoeuvrable fighter-bomber that can serve as both a rudimentary ASF and ground attack jet.

Armament
By default, the Su-34 is armed with a 30 mm cannon that feeds from a single 180-round linked belt of high-explosive (HE) shells.

It is also armed with twin 80 mm rocket pods mounted onto pylons on each wing, as well as air-to-ground anti-tank missiles/short-range, infrared-guided air-to-air missiles.

Each rocket pod contains up to 20 rockets that are fitted with HE warheads, while each wing also carries 3 Ch-29 AGMs and 2 R-73 AAMs (for a combined total of 6 AGMs and 4 AAMs altogether).

Features
As in Armed Assault, the ArmA 2 Su-34 is extremely agile and can easily outmanoeuvre both the AV-8B and newer F-35 flown by the U.S. Marines.

Though it no longer has access to a dedicated anti-tank variant, the ArmA 2 Su-34 has a more balanced loadout that allows it to attack both air and ground threats at the same time.

Notable Traits
The Su-34 is noteworthy for being the only fixed-wing jet in ArmA 2 that has four AAMs as part of its default armament. While these missiles are only IR-guided and short-ranged like the AIM-9s carried by the USMC's AV-8B/F-35, the Su-34 still has two more missiles ready to fire at once which allows it to serve as a rudimentary ASF if necessary.

Providing CAS for ground forces over the skies of Takistan.

Combined with its existing multi-role capabilities and high agility; not to mention the lack of a proper radar stealth mechanic being modelled in ArmA 2, the Su-34 far outclasses both of its USMC counterparts in almost every aspect, with perhaps only the Czech L-159 being able to match the Su-34 (and even then, not directly).

Drawbacks
Just like in Armed Assault, the ArmA 2 Su-34 lacks VTOL capability and is limited to take offs/landings from hard-surface runways only, which greatly hampers its flexibility as it can't operate from any location like the AV-8B/F-35 are capable of doing.

The Su-34 also does not have access to any laser-guided or unguided iron bombs as well (a problem shared with the Su-39). This means that it can only resort to rocket fire to bombard structures or unarmoured/clumped up ground targets.

Crew Capacity
The Su-34 contains two seats for the pilot and weapons operator, who sits in tandem alongside the pilot in the cockpit. It is unable to transport any additional crewmen or passengers.


Protection

The Su-34 has a base armour value of 60.

Hull

Su-34s can withstand up to 60 points of damage. Will result in a total loss if its integrity fails.


Armament

The gunner controls all wing-mounted ordnance, while the pilot handles the forward-facing GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon:

GSh-30-1

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
55 -0.00095 820

30 mm autocannon. Fires HE shells useful for providing direct air-to-ground fire support against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 1,500 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 820 m/s. It has a dispersion spread of 0.0006 rad at distances of up to 1,250 metres away. The shells have a blast radius of only 1 metre.

Ch-29

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 4,000 805

Air-to-ground anti-tank missiles. Can utilise either infrared or laser-guidance.

Ch-29s are soft launched and take 2 seconds to reach a top speed of 805 m/s in mid-flight. The warheads have a blast radius of 9 metres.

S-8T

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 210 610

Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Fires HE rockets that are strong against infantry and medium armoured vehicles (not heavy armour).

The pods have a delay of 0.08 seconds in-between launches (~ 750 RPM) and are always fired in pairs. The rockets are launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s and take 1.1 additional seconds to reach a top speed of 470 m/s in-flight. The rocket warheads themselves have a blast radius of 5 metres.

R-73

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 160 828

Infrared-guided short range air-to-air missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 10,000 metres.

R-73s are soft launched but have an imposed delay of 1 second in-between launches. It takes 5 seconds for the missile motors to fully reach a top speed of 828 m/s. The warheads have a blast radius of 9 metres.


Avionics

MAWS

The Su-34 possesses an integrated Missile Approach Warning System, and will warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight and inbound towards it.

RWR

The Su-34 has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The Su-34 does not posses an Infrared Warning Receiver. It will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.


Trivia

  • The Su-34 was one of the few aircraft from the original ArmA 2 that was "upgraded" with the ability to launch anti-missile countermeasures with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
  • Prior to the latest Steam version patches (as part of the Community Configuration Project), the GSh-30-1 was strangely handled by the gunner position.
    • Gameplay-wise, this made little sense as the GSh-30-1 is a forward-facing weapon, and the gunner was unable to control the aircraft's heading.
    • As such, aiming precisely with the cannon was near-impossible to do, while the pilot had to rely on the gunner to fire simultaneously at the right opportunity. Altogether, this rendered the GSh-30-1 virtually useless in regular gameplay even with good communications between both crewmen.
    • It was eventually refactored so that the pilot controlled the GSh-30-1, while the gunner retained exclusive access to the Su-34's pylons.
  • While the Su-34 was rumoured to have seen its first trial by fire during the 2008 South Ossetia conflict, its appearance in ArmA 2 is still highly anachronistic as it would not enter actual service with the Russian Air Force until 2014 (five years after the events of Harvest Red).

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA: Armed Assault
Wheeled 5T TruckArmy 4x4BusBRDM-2CarHatchbackHMMWV (Civil) • Offroad (Hilux) • M1030 (TT650, TT650G) • Pick-Up (Datsun) • SedanStrykerTractorUAZUral
Tracked BMP-2M1A1M113ShilkaT-72
Rotor-wing AH-6AH-1ZKA-50MH-6Mi17UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10AV-8BCamelDC-3Su-34
Aquatic CRRCRHIBPBX Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
Arma1-factionicon-sla.png SLA - Vehicles (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Wheeled BRDM-2TT650GUAZUral
Tracked BMP-2ShilkaT-72
Rotor-wing KA-50Mi17
Fixed-wing CamelSu-34
Aquatic PBX Boat
Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-russianarmedforces.png Russian Armed Forces - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled BTR-90BM-21 GradKamazVodnikUAZ-469
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaBMP-3T-72T-90
Rotor-wing Ka-52Mi-8MTV-3 (Mi-8MT) • Mi-24P
Fixed-wing Pchela-1TSu-39Su-34
Aquatic PBX
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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