Russia delivering Su-30 fighters to Nigeria 27/06/2017 | Redazione

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has ordered 12 Su-30 heavy multirole fighters form Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). Two aircraft have already been received earlier this year and another 10 aircraft batch will deliver in 2018. The Su-30 variant on order was not disclosed. This year the NAF has allocated a budget to purchase 3 JF-17 light fighters from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and also planned the acquisition of Mi-35 attack helicopters and A-29 SUPER TUCANO COIN aircraft. The interest for Su-30 was not known yet and it was revealed only recently by Anatoliy Punchuk, the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia, who confirmed Nigerian order. With the Su-30 and JF-17, the NAF would maintain a high-and-low fleet composition to address a wide spectrum threat as the country is deeply committed in fighting Boko Haram terror group not only on its own territory but also deeper in neighbouring areas. Nigeria is the third African country after Algeria and Uganda (in the photo) to have ordered the Su-30.

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