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Venezuela to Buy at Least 12 Russian Fighter Jets - President Maduro

Sputnik News

05:59 21.09.2015(updated 06:22 21.09.2015)

Venezuela's President is going to purchase at least 12 Russian fighter jets after the recent Su-30 fighter jet crash.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuela will purchase at least 12 fighter jets from Russia, President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday.

'I will talk to [Russian] President Vladimir Putin to deliver at least 12 new [Sukhoi] Su [fighter jets] to Venezuela and replace the one lost [on Friday],' Maduro said as quoted by the Noticias24 news website.

On Friday, a Venezuelan Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed on the country's border with Columbia.

The Venezuelan government also plans to sign a contract with China on military equipment delivery, the president added. The equipment will be used to fight drug trafficking, particularly from Colombia, according to him.

The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multi-role fighter aircraft (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of 4+ generation developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.


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