Shagol Aviation Regiment completes rearmament to Su-34 front-line bombers
As Zvezda TV Channel reported on October 2, 2019, the mixed aviation regiment of the Central Military District (CVO), deployed in the Chelyabinsk Region, completed re-equipment for 4 ++ generation aircraft. At the Shagol airfield, the second squadron of Su-34 bombers was formed.
The air regiment is 100% equipped with new generation 4 ++ bombers. The compound near Chelyabinsk is the only one in the Central Military District, where the Su-34 is in service.
“Today, the last three supersonic multifunctional fighter-bomber Su-34s have entered service. The flight and engineering personnel to operate and maintain the Su-34 underwent retraining for new aviation equipment in the Lipetsk State Center for the Training of Aviation Personnel and received all the necessary certificates, ”said regiment commander Andrei Ermakov.
Comment bmpd. Thus, the 2nd Guards Combined Aviation Regiment of the 21st Combined Aviation Division of the 14th Smolensk Red Banner Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Central Military District, stationed at the Shagol airfield (Chelyabinsk), received the last three Su-34 front-line bombers to re-equip this a regiment from Su-24M2 aircraft, and thus, the regiment now has a staff of 24 Su-34 aircraft (consisting of two squadrons).
The last Su-34 aircraft arriving in Shagol have red tail numbers "14", "15" and "16", and are the fourth, fifth and sixth bombers of this type built by the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalova (NAZ) PJSC "Company" Sukhoi "under the State Defense Order of 2019.
At the end of 2017, the 2nd Guards Mixed Aviation Regiment received the first six Su-34 bombers, which were manufactured by the NAZ under the state order order of 2017 (red tail numbers from “01” to “06”, with the last two aircraft arriving only in February 2018) . From May to December 2018, the regiment received another 12 Su-34 aircraft manufactured by the NAZ at the state procurement order of 2018 and having red tail numbers from 07 to 12 and from 20 to 25. In June 2019, the regiment received three more Su-34s with red tail numbers "26", "27" and "28", which became the first aircraft of this type built by the NAZ under the 2019 state defense order.
At the same time, the first 12 Su-34 regiments built in 2017-2018 did not arrive at the place of permanent deployment of the 2nd Regiment in Shagol, but were temporarily transferred to the 4th State Center for the Training of Aviation Personnel and Military Tests of the Ministry of Defense of Russia named after V.P. Chkalov in Lipetsk for retraining the flight personnel of the 2nd mixed regiment. Only from September 2018 to January 2019 did these 12 aircraft arrive from Lipetsk to Shagol.
In February 2018, upon completion of the retraining, the first four Su-34 regiment aircraft transferred at the end of 2017 (red tail numbers from 01 to 04) were transferred to the Russian air group at the Khmeimim air base in Syria. Subsequently, other regiment planes were also flown to Syria.
Three Su-34s, built in 2019 at the NAZ, transferred to the regiment in October 2019, and the Su-34 were manufactured under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense of February 2012 for 92 such aircraft. With their arrival, the total number of aircraft of this type transferred to the Aerospace Forces under the 2012 contract reached 88 units. The first two Su-34s under this contract were transferred to the Russian Air Force on December 24, 2013, the next 18 aircraft in 2014, another 18 aircraft in 2015, 16 in 2016, 16 in 2017, 12 in 2018 and now six - in 2019. The contract will be completed by the end of the year with the delivery of the remaining four Su-34 aircraft, which, according to some reports, have already been built.
The total number of Su-34s built under all contracts, including seven prototypes and pre-production models, reached 132 units.
so we have 125 produced under contracts and 118 in service now because some were lost or removed from service
with the next 4 Su-34s delivered all orders for the aircraft will have been concluded. I wonder if there is intention for an additional contract