WarZone: Russian Su-34 became the champion in tactical fuel reserve


The Russian multifunctional supersonic fighter-bomber Su-34 of the 4 ++ generation is the undisputed champion in terms of fuel capacity, taking into account the volume of both internal and external tanks, writes WarZone.


The Su-34 is a strike aircraft that entered service in 2014 and has been developed on the basis of the Su-1986 since 27. It replaced the Soviet Su-24 bomber.

One aspect that is particularly impressive about this jet is its ability to carry a staggering amount of fuel for a tactical-grade combat vehicle, allowing some potentially very long-range missions to be carried out even without air refueling. It is truly the king of fast jets when it comes to how much fuel it can get into the air.

- says the publication.


The supply of internal fuel tanks of the Su-34 is 11,4 tons (according to some sources, 12,1 tons). In addition, the aircraft has a retractable probe on the left side of the nose for in-flight refueling. Despite this, the Su-34 also provides for the placement of up to three external fuel tanks (PTB-3000), each of which contains 3,05 tons of fuel, which is slightly less than the internal tanks of the American F-16 fighter (3,9 tons ). An option with two winged PTB-3000 and one fuselage PTB-2000 (1,86 t) can also be used.


The maximum fuel supply of the Su-34 with the mentioned PTB is an incredible 18,6 tons, and according to some sources - 19,3 tons. At the same time, the F-15E, the main competitor of the Russian Utenka, can carry a total of 16,16 tons together with Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) that fit tightly to the airplane's profile.

The range of the Su-34 with PTB is 4 thousand km, which is 1 km more than the Su-24 with PTB had. At the same time, the range of the F-15E with additional tanks is 3,86 thousand km.

These aircraft are used for a wide variety of missions. But the main tasks of the Su-34 remain: cutting off the enemy's forward troops from supply from the rear, destroying enemy communication lines and command centers. Until now, the Su-34s have been used in real combat only in Syria.

But, if Russia launches an offensive against Ukraine, it is likely that the Su-34 will be actively involved. And, thanks to their huge radius of action, they will be able to work from bases located in the depths of Russia

- summed up the media.
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  1. Avarron Online Avarron
    Avarron (Sergei) 11 January 2022 18: 26
    +2
    Can outboard fuel tanks be used as weapons? Throw them, for example, to strengthen the enemy and set them on fire?
    1. Teaser Offline Teaser
      Teaser (Vasiliy) 12 January 2022 11: 03
      +1
      Can. But tanks of napalm are better! laughing
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 12 January 2022 12: 04
    -5
    Su-34
    Operators of the Russian Aerospace Forces
    Years of production since 2008
    Units produced 122 (for 2020)
    Basic model Su-27

    If the plane is so good, why has so little been done? 12pcs per year, 1pc. per month! Here it is, shock capitalist labor! "" The F-35 is probably approaching a thousand?
    Know everything in comparison, compare yourself with others!

    Su-24
    Operators of the Russian Aerospace Forces of the Russian Navy of the Ukrainian Air Force
    Years of production of Su-24, Su24M: 1971 - 1993 Su-24M2: 2007 - 2009
    Units produced by Su-24, Su24M: ~ 1 400
    Su-24MR variants

    If not for the Soviet "galoshes", what would Putin have frightened NATO with now?
    1. andrey ivanov_2 Offline andrey ivanov_2
      andrey ivanov_2 (Andrey Ivanov) 12 January 2022 16: 55
      +3
      If a person is not smart, it will not be long. I first heard that Putin is scaring NATO Su-24. Read something about the nuclear triad, nibble on carrots and cabbage, you look smarter ...
      1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
        steelmaker 12 January 2022 18: 04
        -4
        If I start being rude, you get tired of jumping. Eat a carrot and essentially say something!
  3. AND Offline AND
    AND 12 January 2022 19: 25
    0
    Quote: anti-Russia steelmaker
    If I start being rude, you get tired of jumping. Eat a carrot and essentially say something!

    Ai, how scary.) That the steelmaker-provocateur is anti-Russia, that the Teaser-provocateur is about the West. Straight deja vu every time ... Ha, ha, ha.
    1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
      steelmaker 12 January 2022 21: 07
      -6
      That the steelworker provocateur is anti Russia,

      And Putin, like his belly, does not regret, all about Russia thinks? One plane a month! From such thoughts, probably the brains boiled, and the zaputintsy were swollen from the heat?
  4. AND Offline AND
    AND 12 January 2022 21: 47
    +2
    Quote: steel maker
    "What a steel-maker-provocateur is anti Russia,"
    And Putin, like his belly, does not regret, all about Russia thinks? One plane a month! From such thoughts, probably the brains boiled, and the zaputintsy were swollen from the heat?

    Who's stopping you? Go and rivet the planes as much as you need. Why spread this propaganda?
    God endowed Putin with intelligence and wisdom, that's for sure, but you need to envy silently...
  5. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 January 2022 22: 18
    -2
    Small foreign media love to compare Amer's planes 30 years ago with our larger ones 5 years ago. Not for the first time.

    Like, scare and knock more money out of congress

    The stump is clear, more fuel will fit into a larger new aircraft and fuel.