The Sukhoi Company transferred the first batch of serial Su-34 (Сухой Су-34) front-line bombers under the 2014 State Defense Order to the Russian Air Force on 10 June 2014. The aircraft took off from the runway of the Novosibirsk aircraft plant and headed to the place of their deployment. This 2014 delivery is based on an initial agreement from 2012.
The new Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO-reporting name Fullback) is a new generation frontline bomber with an increased up to 2,160 nautical miles (4,000 km) flight range, a maximum speed of up to 1025 knots (1900 km/h) and can carry 17,636 lbs (8 tons) of payload. The Su-34 has new weapon systems and is equipped with an air-refueling system.