So the rumors have been confirmed: new production Su-34’s will have a dark gray paint scheme (but they will retain the blue belly). Having first flown in 1990, the Su-34 is only now starting to be produced for the Russian air-force in decent numbers. Designed to replace the aging Su-24 and Tu-22M, the Su-34 is a multi-role tactical aircraft based on the Su-27 platform a with side-by-side seating arrangement for the two men crew. The advanced capabilities of the aircraft will allow them to be fielded in smaller numbers than the aircraft that they are replacing.
The 12 pylons on the Su-34 can carry a total of over 8,000 kg of the latest Russian air-to-ground ordnance, as well as air-to-air missiles. The aircraft has a toilet and is well pressurized, allowing it to fly up to 33,000 ft without the pilots needing to use oxygen masks. The Su-34 can reach speeds of up to 1900 km/h and has an electro-optical fire control system as well as a passive phased array radar system and an electronic countermeasures suite.