Vietnam purchases 12 Russian fighter planes

08:10, February 11, 2010      

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Russian will supply Vietnam with 12 Su-30MK2 fighter jets under a 1 billion-U.S. dollar arms deal, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

"A contract was signed last week to deliver 12 more Su-30MK2 fighters to Vietnam. The aircraft will be supplied in 2011-2012," Interfax quoted the unnamed military-diplomatic source as saying.

The contract, the third major arms deal between Russia and Vietnam over the past year, also included the delivery of various aviation arms, equipment and spare parts, the source said.

Vietnam struck a deal in early 2009 to buy eight Su-30MK2 fighters. During a visit to Moscow by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last December, a contract also was signed for six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines.

Vietnam is one of the biggest buyers of Su planes. The Vietnamese Navy already has 12 Su-27s and four Su-30MKs in service. Moreover, 140 MIG-21bis fighters and 53 Su-22MZ bombers were supplied to Vietnam earlier.

Source: Xinhua
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