Iran: Purchase of Russian Su-30 fighters on agenda

Casey Mills
Ноября 26, 2016

Iran has announced it plans to purchase a batch of Sukhoi SU-30 jet fighters from Russian Federation to boost its mainly American, aging air force fleet, its defense minister said on Saturday.

He finally made it clear that in order to fulfill its defense needs, Iran will hold talks with any source capable of meeting those demands, except with the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel. In February, a high-ranking official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that the contract of for the delivery of Russian Su-30SM fighters could be signed in 2016, but so far the parties are only negotiating the issue.

Russian Federation is in talks to help upgrade Iran's dilapidated air force by selling it Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, but the deal would need the approval of the United Nations Security Council and could further strain Moscow's relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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In August, Tehran allowed Russian planes to use a base in Western Iran in their strikes in support of the Syrian government which Moscow and Tehran both support. A day later Russian sources said the operation killed 150 terrorists.

"The necessity to use the airfield of the airbase in Hamadan could emerge if Admiral Kuznetsov carries out another operation and [Russia] will not be able to use it for airstrikes against terrorists in Syria", Viktor Ozerov told RIA Novosti.

Iran has been sending military advisors to Syria to help the country's military forces in the fight against terrorists through their know-how and consultations.

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