Russia Agrees to Iran’s Condition for Purchase of Su-30 Jets: DM
November, 26, 2016 – 13:21
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
said on Saturday that Moscow has accepted Tehran’s terms on “joint
investment and supplying technology” for the purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi
Su-30 fighter jets.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Dehqan said the Defense Ministry has put
the purchase of Su-30 fighter aircraft from Russia on the agenda.
However, any purchase of the military planes from Russia should include
receiving technology and joint investment, he underlined, saying Russia
accepted it in the negotiations.
Asked about about any plans to let the Russian Air Force use Nojeh Airbase
in Iran’s western province of Hamedan again, Brigadier General Dehqan said
Iran and its friends, including Russia, work in cooperation to help the
Syrian government in the fight against terrorism.
If necessary, he added, Iran will once again allow Russian jets to fly from
Hamedan’s Nojeh Airbase.
He finally made it clear that in order to fulfill its defense needs, Iran
will hold talks with any source capable of meeting those demands, except
with the US and the Zionist regime of Israel.
In February, the Iranian defense minister had announced plans for a contract
with Russia on the purchase of Sukhoi-30 jets, but had not specified how
many fighter planes will be bought.
Dehqan noted then that under an agreement, Iran would be involved in the
production of the aircraft.
Iran needs to “seriously focus on the air force and fighters,” he said at
the time. “We are moving toward a contract. We told them that we need to be
involved in the production (of the planes) as well.”