New 'Flankers' mooted for #Ethiopia are the former Indian Air Force Su-30Ks, 18 in all.
(DVO) - 18 Su-30K fighter jets that India returned to Russia, probably will not be sold to Vietnam, but instead is Ethiopia.
Deputy Group Director arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev
said that Russia is negotiating supply 18 Su-30K fighters to Ethiopia.
Number 18 multipurpose fighters were returned to India to replace the Russian fighter Su-30MKI is newer.
"We are in consultation with Ethiopia for the supply of the fighter.
They have proposed a variant to modernize, enhance combat capability as
well as the specification and provide additional tactics the rocket - to
- land / sea more advanced, "said Mikheyev said.
The Rosoboronexport officials also stressed that, at present, four Su-30K first being repaired at a local aircraft factory.
"Just got the proposal from customers and financial resources, we are
ready to upgrade and modernize all 18 Su-30K aircraft within 4-6
months," he said Mikheyev.
Complete 18 Su-30K aircraft the IAF was not used in 10 years time,
then returned to Russia. This aircraft was delivered to some 558
factories in Belarus to repair and upgrade, before being sold to 3rd
party without giving back to Russia to avoid import taxes.
Each has been much speculation about the fate of 18 Su-30K and its destination. There
has been news that Belarus wants to buy the whole lot and that Russian
planes do not extend credit to them (Belarus) to purchase the Group's
Irkut aircraft, then, a few other sources revealed that customer Nan is
Vietnam after Vietnam military mission sent to check out a few planes.
Since then, no further information about the fate of this 18 Su-30K.
However, the recent disclosure of personally Rosoboronexport Deputy
Director General that Vietnam will not be a customer of 18 Su-30K
aircraft, may be negotiated by the two parties, but does not meet
requirements of each other,