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Algeria - Su-35

In early 2016 Algeria requested one Su-35S for testing at the Tamanrasset site to check the handling characteristics of the machine, the possibility of radar equipment and weapons. The Algerian pilots tried out a sample and made a pre-contract, and were expected to start negotiations on the purchase of not less than ten of these fighters. A solid contract for a number of aircraft was valued at approximately $ 850-900 million.

In early February 2016, the Russian Su-35S fighter jet passed a series of tests in Algeria. As part of the tests, the aerobatic properties, characteristics of the radar and weapons were tested. They took place at the Tamanrasset training ground. Algeria has been showing interest in the Su-35 for five years now, but the Algerian Ministry of Defense has decided to wait for the aircraft to enter service with the Russian Aerospace Forces and the appearance of the first export customers.

The National People's Army (ANP) has reportedly ordered 18 Generation 4 + Su-35s. This was announced on 22 August 2018, the Algerian site Menadefense military information. Contacted by Sputnik, the Algerian embassy in Moscow refused to comment on this information.According to the media, Vladimir Mikheev, President of the Russian company Rosoboronexport, alluded to this August 21, when the Army 2018 show opened. "Sukhoi now has a third customer for its fighter Su- 35, said the Russian official.

"Without naming it for contractual reasons, this customer would be Algeria, which has been exploring the Su-35 track for a decade," said Menadefense. Referring to the reasons that might have motivated this new order from the PNA, the site pointed out that "according to our proprietary information, this would be an emergency command made by the Department of National Defense to replace the MiG interceptors. -25, which will be withdrawn from service at the end of the current year. "The order is turning around 18 aircraft and the start of deliveries is expected between late 2018 and early 2019," he added.

Menadefense emphasizes that "the Algerian version, named Su-35 Dz, will be similar to that of the Indonesian model," adding that the ANP was conducting further negotiations with its Russian partner for "the purchase of Su-34 or a specific version of the Su-32". According to the same source, these interceptors are destined for the Command of the Air Defense Forces of the Territory (CFDAT). As for the offensive air forces, they "would still be negotiating for [another batch, note] of Su-35," she said.

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