TASNIM – Iran expects to take delivery of a number of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia early next Iranian year, which starts in March, a lawmaker said.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tasnim News Agency, member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Shahriar
Heidari said Iran has ordered Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia.
The lawmaker noted that Iran has also ordered a series of other military equipment from Russia, including air defense and missile systems as well as helicopters, most of which will be received soon.
Media reports suggested earlier that Iran will receive 24 of the fourth-generation twin-engine, super-maneuverable fighter jets that are primarily used for air superiority missions.
Iran has not acquired any new fighter aircraft in recent years, excluding a few Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters it bought in the 1990s.
Iran and Russia have signed major deals in recent months to boost their economic, trade, energy and military cooperation.