Al-Arabiya reported that Sudan received its first Su-35 fighter jets ahead of Bashir’s first Russia visit.
Sudan has become the first Arab country to acquire the fourth generation Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the publication claims. This comes ahead of President Omar Ahmed al-Bashir’s first visit to Moscow on November 23.
The first batch of jets allegedly were delivered late last week. The UAE signed a similar agreement earlier this year to manufacture the Su-35 jets with Russia. The number of fighters delivered was not released.
Sudanese deputy air force commander, Salahuddin Abdul Khaliq Saeed, announced the deal back in March. The publication claims that Saeed told Sputnik news agency that the aircraft will contribute to the consolidation of Sudan’s defenses and will provide it protection from any threat.
There have been no commets from Russian officials concerning this report yet.