Kazakhstan has ordered another batch of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters from Russia. A contract for the additional aircraft was signed by the Kazakh Ministry of Defence’s Kazspetsexport agency and Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation on 24 May during the KADEX 2018 defence exhibition in Astana.
The manufacturer said in a statement that the contract is expected to be completed by 2020, with the TASS news agency quoting Yuri Slyusar, the president of Irkut Corporation’s parent company, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), as saying that the deal is for the delivery of eight Su-30SM platforms.
Arman Ramazanov, the general director of Kazspetsexport, was quoted in the statement as saying that military and technical co-operation between Kazakhstan and Russia “serves the interests of both states and is based on a solid legal framework established within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation”.
The new aircraft are set to supplement the fleet of Su-30Ms already in service with the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces (KADF). In February 2015 KADF commander Major General Nurlan Ormanbetov had announced that his country would procure Su-30SM aircraft to recapitalise its Soviet-era fighter force.
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