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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Algeria Seeks More Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets

Su-30MKA Flanker-HThe Algerian army, currently undergoing a deep shakeup, has ordered 14 Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, which will enhance the 44 Su-30MKs in service in the North African country.

According to Russian press reports, the new fighter jets will be delivered to the Algerian air forces in 2016 and 2017. In 2006, Algeria, an OPEC member country, received 28 Su-30s and another 16 under a 2010 arms sale contract.

The Su-30MKA operated by Algeria is a specialized variant of the Su-30MK fitted with a mix of French and Russian avionics. The Su-30 is a twin-engine, multi-role military aircraft. It is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather missions.

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