Report: Russia to supply Syrian air base with new MiG-35 fighter jets

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Russian MiG-35 performs at the MAKS 2007 Air Show at Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow, on Aug. 25, 2007.
AP Photo/Sergey PonomarevRussian MiG-35 performs at the MAKS 2007 Air Show at Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow, on Aug. 25, 2007.

Kremlin reportedly interested in drawing interest from countries over advanced aircraft

Russia is slated to deliver advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets to Khmeimim Air Base, a key Russian base in Syria, Hebrew-language outlet Mako reported Monday.

According to the report, the delivery is part of a marketing campaign to sell the aircraft to foreign states, such as Peru, Malaysia and Syria, which have expressed interest in procuring the new fighter jets.

Egypt has already struck a deal with the Kremlin, adding the MiG-35 to its airforce ranks, Mako reported.

The MiG-35 is a 4++ generation jet fighter, with a double-engine operated by two pilots and reaches a maximum speed of Mach 2.25.

The war-torn Middle Eastern country of Syria has been used somewhat as “Moscow’s war games arena” in recent years, experts noted, according to Mako.

The Russians have supplied Bashar al-Assad’s regime with a slew of arms, unmanned armored fighting vehicles, MI-28 fighter helicopters and ground-to-air KH-29L missiles.

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