Russian Air Force to Purchase 48 New Combat Jets

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The Russian Defense Ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation will sign a contract at the end of August for the purchase of 48 Su-35 aircraft, to be supplied until the year 2020.

Vedomosti reported Tuesday that the $1.5 billion contract will be the largest signed by the Russian Air Force since 2012. Konstantin Makienko of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies said that it is unlikely that the Russian Defense Ministry will spend a similar sum on future contracts.

The Sukhoi Su-35 has been dubbed “the most potent fighter currently in operation with the Russian Air Force.”

Russia will sign the contract for the Su-35 fighters at the MAKS-2015 international aviation and space show, which runs from August 25 to August 30.

Full article: Russian Air Force to Purchase 48 New Combat Jets (Washington Free Beacon)

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