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