Russia and Algeria have signed a contract for the sale of 14 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian defense technology holding Rostec, said Friday at a Russian arms trade fair, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Algeria is one of Russia’s biggest defense customers and already has 44 of Russia’s heavy multi-role Su-30MKI fighter jets in service. A total of 28 of the planes were delivered under a 2006 contract, and 16 more were delivered under a 2010 contract.
According to Chemezov, the latest Algerian Su-30 contract was signed in the spring of 2015, but he did not explain why the deal has only been announced now. No price for the contract was given, but the reported cost of an Su-30MKI fighter stands at 2 billion rubles ($30 million) per unit. […]