Thursday, September 23, 2021

Kazakhstan to acquire additional Su-30SM ‘Flanker’ fighters jets

Kazakhstan Ministry of Defence is planning to acquire additional Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker’ fighters jets, the TASS newspaper reported on 06 March.

The Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan plans to conclude a contract with Russia to supply Su-30SM aircraft to the republic.

“Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical cooperation with the Russian Federation in 2018, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan plans to conclude a contract for the supply of Su-30SM multipurpose aircraft, and until 2020 it is planned to purchase additional Su-30SM aircraft and Mi-35 helicopters,” reported by TASS.


More: Myanmar orders six Su-30 fighter aircraft from Russia

At the same time, Kazakhstan’s department did not specify the number of planes and helicopters planned for delivery from Russia.

More: Kazakh Air Force receives new Su-30SM fighters from Russia

Kazakhstan bought its first batch of the Su-30SM in 2015 as part of agreements concluded earlier between the defence ministers of the two countries. In 2015, the country began to procure Su-30SM ‘Flanker’ aircraft, with a total of 32 aircraft expected to be delivered by 2020.

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