Russia upgraded Su-34 from Ukraine conflict

Russia will increase automation for the Khibiny electronic warfare system on the Su-34 bomber based on the results of the battle in Ukraine.

“The Khibiny electronic warfare system on the Su-34 bomber is being upgraded to increase the automation of operations, based on the combat results in Ukraine , but did not say whether there were other modernization measures.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information.

The Russian Su-34 fighter jet took off for a mission in Ukraine in March. Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Russian Su-34 fighter jet took off for a mission in Ukraine in March. Russian Defense Forces.

The Khibiny system has been used by Russia since 2013 to protect aircraft from air defense systems. Khibiny has enhanced capacity and intelligence abilities superior to many previous products. It can support the aircraft’s weapon control system, create an electronic distraction environment, and deceive multi-layer air defenses. Khibiny is equipped on many Russian front-line fighters such as Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S.

Born in the Soviet era and entering service with the Russian Air Force in 2014, the Su-34 bomber is currently one of Russia’s main fighters on the Ukrainian battlefield and mainly performs the task of bombing targets.

Several Russian Su-34s have crashed in Ukraine and were apparently hit by a man-portable anti-aircraft missile while operating at low altitude. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said May 9 that these planes all have rudimentary GPS devices. “People find GPS devices on the dashboard so the pilots know where they are because the built-in navigation system on the plane is too poor,” he said.

vu appendix (Corresponding TASS)