The operation was successful: a Su-34 fighter-bomber burned at the Shagol airfield in Chelyabinsk
In Chelyabinsk, Russia, a Su-34 fighter-bomber burned down at the Shagol airfield on the night of January 4. These aircraft are actively used by the occupiers to carry out air strikes on the front line and peaceful cities of Ukraine.
Sources in the special services informed OBOZ.UA about the loss of another Su-34 by the enemy. "We state that the enemy aircraft has burned down," the source said.
According to the source, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is behind the operation.
As it's known, the 108th Training Aviation Regiment of the Chelyabinsk Aviation School and the 2nd Mixed Aviation Regiment of the 21st Mixed Air Force Division of the The Russian Aerospace Forces of the Russian Armed Forces are based at the Shagol airfield. The servicemen of this air regiment take part in missile and bomb attacks on Ukrainian cities.
In particular, the head of air, fire and tactical training of the 2nd Mixed Aviation Regiment, pilot 1st class, Major Alexander Krasnoyartsev, was taken prisoner when his plane was shot down on March 5 during the bombing of Chernihiv. He was later exchanged for Ukrainian pilots.
What is known about Su-34 fighters
The Su-34 (Fullback in NATO codification) is a Soviet and Russian multifunctional frontline supersonic fighter-bomber designed to conduct strikes at a distance of 150-600 km from the contact line in conditions of strong enemy air defense and electronic warfare, as well as to engage air targets at any time of the day in simple and difficult weather conditions.
In terms of combat capabilities, the Su-34 belongs to the 4++ generation and is capable of performing basic combat missions without being escorted by cover fighters and independently conducting maneuverable air combat with any enemy fighter on equal terms.
The Su-34 can reach speeds of up to 1,900 km/h at altitudes of up to 14.6 km, with a crew of two. The first flight of the Su-34 prototype - T10V-1 - took place on April 13, 1990. On March 20, 2014, the Su-34 was adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces.
According to open sources, about three dozen Su-34s have been destroyed since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, on December 22, the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down three Su-34s in the south at once. The Air Force called the destruction of the three Russian fighter-bombers the result of a "brilliantly planned operation." The cost of one such aircraft is at least $50 million. Russian media stated that the Su-34s were shot down by the Patriot system when they were flying to bomb Krynky in the Kherson region.
After losing the planes, the occupiers began looking for new frontiers to launch missiles, the Southern Defense Forces said. The number of attacks in the southern direction decreased, but the density remained the same.
On December 29, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Russia had again used Su-34 and Su-35 fighter-bombers to launch air strikes along the front line. In one day, 2-3 air strikes were recorded in almost all directions.