Egypt, Algeria and Indonesia have rejected the possible acquisition of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighters.
Amid economic sanctions against Russia, targeting the oil industry, defense, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies, according to people familiar with the matter.
The sources said that Russia had asked its potential partners for another extension to solve the technical and political problems that have arisen.
Sources close to Kremlin said the Russian defense industry has simultaneously lost three significant orders for its Su-35 fighters due to the failure to replace the radar equipment, electronics and avionics, which were previously imported from several European countries and Israel.
Russia also stopped manufacturing Myanmar’s Su-30SM2 fighter jets due to a shortage of composite materials, reported Pravda news.
Indonesia also officially confirmed that Jakarta had abandoned plans to acquire the Su-35. This was confirmed by Indonesian Air Force Commander Marshal Fadgar Prasetyo while speaking to local media in Jakarta.
Pinar News quoted him as saying, “With regard to the Sukhoi Su-35, yes, we have abandoned this plan. We can’t keep talking about it.”
Moreover, Egypt halted the deal to buy 24 Su-35 fighters so that the Russian side could solve the problem with imported components, despite the fact that about 17 aircraft have already been produced.
Algeria, in turn, decided to focus its financial funds on modernizing the Su-30SM fighters already supplied by Russia.
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s leading arms exporter, refused to comment on Monday, but Mehr News Agency later reported that Russia was ready to sell Egyptian Su-35 fighters to Iran.
Mehr news agency reported that Tehran would sign a 20-year agreement on strategic military cooperation with Russia next month.
The agreement will include purchasing Russian weapons worth $10 billion by Iran, including the S-400 in exchange for Iranian oil and gas sold by Russia to the international market as Iran cannot ship oil and gas to European countries due to the U.S. and EU sanctions.
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