Vietnam has signed a contract with Russia to procure an additional batch of Sukhoi Su-30MK2 multirole fighter aircraft, state-run news agencies in Russia have reported.
The contract covers the supply of 12 aircraft as well as related "technical equipment", according to Interfax and RIA Novosti on 20-21 August, citing unidentified sources.
Under the terms of the deal, which was likely to have been finalised during Vietnam Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh's visit to Moscow in mid-August, the Su-30MK2s will be delivered over three phases during 2014-15. The value of the contract is reported to be between USD450-USD600 million.
The procured aircraft will augment a batch of four pre-modernised Su-30MK aircraft that were acquired by the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) in 2004 and 20 Su-30MK2s that Vietnam purchased under two contracts signed in 2009 and 2010.