Rest In Peace, Col. Oleg Peshkov

Col. Oleg Peshkov’s body has been returned to Russia by Turkey. Oleg and his co-pilot ejected after their Su-24 was shot down by Turkish F-16’s. Oleg was killed by rebels as he was descending by parachute; his co-pilot survived and is back in Russia. One of the Marines attempting to rescue the pilots was also killed, and I wish for him to rest in peace as well. This was definitely a stab in the back by Turkey and will only further increase tensions in the already volatile region. Putin has responded with sanctions against Turkey, has ceased military cooperation with Turkey, and has promised further actions against Turkey. Both countries are at a disagreement as to whether the aircraft was located within Turkish territory when it was shot down. Regardless, shooting down the plane was a despicable act, and Turkey should not be one to complain about violations of their airspace when their aircraft have done the same countless times, most notably in Greece. My opinion is, if two countries are not at war, they should not be shooting down each other’s  aircraft over minor, non-aggressive airspace violations.

Su-34’s With New Camo

 

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.

 

Photos taken from dmitrydreamer.livejournal.com and russianplanes.net.