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Iran buys Russian Su-35 fighter jets

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Iran has finalized a contract for the purchase of Su-35 fighter jets, the Iranian news agency IRNA confirmed. In 2020, the international embargo that previously prevented the country from purchasing modern conventional weapons expired,

Su-35 fighter jets are technically suitable for Iran and Iran has finalized a contract to buy them, an Iranian state media official said in New York on Saturday, based on information from the Iranian mission to UN. The mission said Tehran had inquired about purchasing military aircraft from several other unnamed countries as well, IRNA reported.

The details of the Su-35 contract have not been disclosed. There is also no confirmation of its conclusion so far Russia.

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The Iranian Air Force already has about 300 fighters: Russian (MiG-29 and Su-25), Chinese (F-7), American (F-4, F-5 and F-14), French (Mirage F1) and its own production (Saeqeh, the Iranian version of the American F-5).


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Tehran and Moscow signed a contract in 2007 for the supply of the Russian S-300 anti-missile system, but in 2010 Moscow stopped the sale due to a UN Security Council resolution against Iran’s nuclear program.

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In 2015, shortly before the conclusion of an international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, Moscow again authorized the supply of the S-300. Iran’s Defense Ministry reported in May 2016 that Iran “is now in possession of the S-300 strategic system.”

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