Track Perisa – November 26, 2016
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said that purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets is on the agenda, Tasnim news agency reported Nov. 26.
Dehghan further said that Iran certainly will negotiate with any country, excluding the US and Israel, to meet its defense demands.
Moscow and Tehran have been discussing the deliveries of the Su-30 aircraft for quite a long time. In February, a high-ranking official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that the contract of for the delivery of Russian Su-30SM fighters could be signed in 2016, but so far the parties are only negotiating the issue.
Dehghan further touched upon the reports about possibility of Russian bombers’ reusing the Nojeh Airbase in Iran’s western province of Hamadan, saying Iran is cooperating with friendly countries, including Russia to support Syria’s government.
If this support needs the reuse of the base, Iran will agree, he said.
Some Iranian politicians’ raised concerns on the issue, saying the move is against the Islamic Republic’s constitution.
Senior Russian diplomats later confirmed that Moscow has stopped using Iran’s Hamadan airbase for the time being, but may resume operations from there any time soon.