Sunrise for the Sukhoi Su-30SM (Image © Irkut)

Russia: “Fourteen more Flankers for Algeria”

Algeria is said to be buying fourteen more Su-30 Flankers from Russia in a deal that was apparently already signed earlier this year. The aircraft come on top of 44 Flankers purchased in 2006 and 2010.

The Flankers for Algeria are designated Su-30MKA and are slated for delivery in 2016 and 2017. The deal was announced by Rostec, the Russian state weapons manufacturing organisation.

Irkut will build the aircraft in its factories in Siberia, where production is also ongoing for the Russian Air Force and for the Navy (8 Su-30SM) and where Russia’s next-generation Yak-130 advanced jet trainer and light combat aircraft is produced.

The 58 state-of-the-art Flanker jets will help the Algerian Air Force (Al Quwwat aljawwiya aljaza’eriiya) to modernise and expand its fleet. The air defence of the North African nation is currently in the hands of 10 to 13 Soviet-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 “Foxbat” interceptors and 28 to 32 MiG-29 “Fulcrum” fighters. The remaining combat force is formed by about 20 operational Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer” interdictor/strike/bomber aircraft.

© 2015 editors Elmer van Hest and Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Sukhoi Su-30 (Image © Irkut)