This magnificent beast below is the Su-34 fighter-bomber (NATO Ident: “Fullback”). Aficionados of big, hairy weapons systems (and I am not one) say that it creams the F-16 in performance terms.
According to Kommersant today, Australia is thinking of buying them too. Obviously Australia isn’t a part of NATO – small issue of geography there – but they have snuggled up close to it.
Which begs the question about interoperability: the slightly spooky RAND Corporation has written well on this issue.
But can you imagine the hullabaloo amongst the US right / military if the Aussies buy Ruskie? That would be fun to watch…