Sunday, 11 March 2018

Kazakhstan plans to acquire additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to procure additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to a 6 March report by Russian news agency TASS.

“Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical co-operation 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 multirole aircraft, and until 2020 it has planned to purchase [additional] Su-30SM aircraft and Mi-35 helicopters,” the MoD in Astana told TASS without providing further details or the number of additional aircraft to be procured.

In February 2015 Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces (KADF) commander Major General Nurlan Ormanbetov had announced that his country would procure the Sukhoi Su-30SM aircraft to recapitalise its Soviet-era fighter force.

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