Egypt will receive the first two Su-35s before the end of the year
CAIRO, (BM) – Some details of the contract for the supply of Egyptian Air Force multifunctional Su-35 fighters became known, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Russian sources.
According to source the Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant began production of Su-35 fighters for Egypt. A TASS source said that because of the situation with the coronavirus, it is not yet clear when to wait “for the delivery of the first batch of aircraft to the Egyptian side.”
An another source from Russian Arms Trade Center said that the first two fighters for Egypt should be transferred to the African country before the end of this year. The full contract is planned to be completed in 2023.
We reported yesterday that Egypt has signed a contract with Russia to acquire the largest batch of Russian Su-35 fighters. Thus Egypt will become the first country in the Middle East to receive first-class Russian combat aircraft, and the second foreign owner of Russian Su-35 fighters.
Recall that the Wall Street Journal previously reported that the Pentagon and the US Department of State in a joint letter to the Egyptian authorities expressed threats of sanctions against Cairo in the case of the acquisition of Russian Su-35 fighters.
It should be noted that one of the reasons for the acquisition of Russian military equipment was the US refusal to sell its fifth-generation fighter planes to Egypt.
According to a TASS source, the contract was prepared and signed in the spring of 2018, and apparently Egypt has not made a payment, hoping to be able to acquire American fighters of the fifth generation.
The US refusal apparently forced the African country to make the first payment of the treaty and formally ratify it.
We should not be surprised at all by Egypt’s desire to buy the Su-35 from Russia after the US refused. Although the Su-35 is a 4 ++ generation aircraft, many American analysts in recent years have argued that it is perhaps the best and most dangerous aircraft of the Russian Air Force.
The American magazine The National Interest called the Russian Su-35 fighter a threat to American aircraft.
The text of the article, published on March 14 this year, states that the Su-35 can be opposed to the US Air Force fighters F-15, F-18 and even F-35.
The publication describes the main advantages of the Russian aircraft as its maneuverability superior to the evasion methods of almost all existing fourth-generation fighters and weapons.
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