Iran has reached a deal to buy advanced Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, Iranian state media said on Saturday, expanding a relationship that has seen Iranian-built drones used in Russia’s war on Ukraine, Reuters reports.

The Sukhoi-35 fighter planes are technically acceptable to Iran and Iran has finalized a contract for their purchase, the broadcaster IRIB quoted Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York as saying.

IRIB’s report did not carry any Russian confirmation of the deal, details of which were not disclosed. The mission said Iran had also inquired about buying military aircraft from several other unnamed countries, IRIB reported.

Iran’s purchase of Russian fighter jets was first reported by news website Semafor on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran last July, stressing closer ties in the face of Western pressure over the war in Ukraine.

Iran has acknowledged sending drones to Russia but says they were sent before Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last year. Moscow denies that its forces use Iranian-built drones in Ukraine, although many have been shot down and recovered there.

Iran’s air force has only a few dozen strike aircraft, including Russian jets as well as ageing U.S. models acquired before the Iranian revolution of 1979.

In 2018, Iran said it had started production of the locally-designed Kowsar fighter for use in its air force. Some military experts believe the jet is a carbon copy of an F-5, first produced in the United States in the 1960’s.

Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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Dick Leeuwd
Dick Leeuwd
13-03-23 15:41

Spectacular technology on all aspects of aviation and electronics. Adversaries do not want to be in the skies when these aircraft are deployed?

Reply to  Dick Leeuwd
13-03-23 17:08

Correct Dick it can outmaneuver the F35 which is really a standoff lightweight bomber – Zionist Israel tried to get Russia to block sales to Iran–times change and Russia thankfully isn’t listening to Israel .

The USA is trying to design a replacement to the F35 as it acknowledges its many faults and high maintenance costs .

Dick Leeuwd
Dick Leeuwd
13-03-23 15:57