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Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighters deployed to Far East region

Russia deploys Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighters to Far East region

By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author   |   Dec. 30, 2016 at 9:37 AM

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The Russian military has deployed Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighters to its Far East airbase closest to the Korean peninsula.

Col. Alexander Gordeyev of the Eastern Military District said Friday, “Several new Su-34 fighter bombers have flown over [2,100 miles] from Novosibirsk to the airfield of permanent basing after refueling at the airport Domna,” according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Gordeyev also said the strike fighters would be in operation in 2017.

The aircraft is a fourth-generation model and are capable of striking ground and sea targets, according to TASS news agency.

The squadron began arriving in the Russian Far East’s Khabarovsk region in mid-December.

At the time Gordeyev had said the aircrew had completed bombing-related tactical tasks at a gunnery range. Pilots trained in air navigation, planned track flight skills and executed horizontal bombing missions aimed at group targets, according to TASS.

It was the last shipment of the strike fighters that arrived at the Eastern Military District’s Khabarovsk air unit this week from Novosibirsk.

The Russian bombers can hit smaller moving as well as aerial targets both day and night. Adverse weather conditions are also not an obstacle for the latest aircraft, according to the Russian news report.

The Eastern Military District was established in 2010 and includes the former Far Eastern Military District and a part of the former Siberian Military District.

Original post upi.com

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Export of Russian Tanks double due to successful performance in Syria

Syrian War Doubles Sales of Russian Tanks

16:38 01.01.2017(updated 16:54 01.01.2017)

In 2016 Russia’s UralVagonZavod Corporation doubled its exports of tanks and armored vehicles, Rossiiskaya Gazeta wrote citing the company’s press service.

UralVagonZavod, based in Nizhny Tagil, owes some of these skyrocketing sales to the successful performance of its tanks in Syria. Even veteran T-72 and T-90 tanks can withstand direct hits by US guided missiles – something neither their American nor Turkish counterparts can boast. With 149.9 billion rubles in sales last year, UVZ is now set to enter the list of the world’s top 50 arms manufacturers.

Meanwhile, the corporation offers ever more advanced weapons, including the T-72BZ, which is a radically modernized version of the T-72 workhorse tank. The T-72BZ boasts a more powerful engine and a state-of-the-art fire control system.

Simultaneously, UralVagonZavod launched the mass production of the BMP-3MA – an armored mine-clearing vehicle capable of cutting passages through minefields on the go.

The Nizhny Tagil engineers have also upgraded their TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy self-propelled flame thrower, the DT-10PM truck and are now building a fire engine of their own design.

UralVagonZavod recently unveiled its all-new Terminator tank support fighting vehicle based on the T-72 tank, a system of long-distance  demolition of high-explosive fragmentation shells used by T-72, T-80 and T-90 tanks and a combat robot equipped with a 57 mm cannon.

“There are no armored fighting vehicles around capable of withstanding a direct shot by this cannon,” an UVZ representative said.
Original post sputniknews.com

Main image Russia Insider

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With the poor result of western armor performance recently in Syria I could only imagine what will happen when these tanks are forced to engage in a WW2 style tank battle….Where western air power will be negated in a war against Russia….

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