Iran May Soon Receive Advanced Russian Fighter Jets


Iran may soon receive advanced Russian fighter jets, but conflicting reports have cast uncertainty over the potential deal, reports The Jerusalem Post.

Initially, Iran’s Student News Network reported on Saturday that the regime would receive a shipment of Sukhoi 35 (Su-35) fighter jets from Russia next week, only to later retract the story and declare it false. Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper claims that Iran had already received some of the fighter jets about a year ago but could not operate them due to missing parts. According to the report, Russia was withholding the necessary components because of pressure from Israel and the Gulf States.

If the reports are accurate, Iran’s acquisition of the Su-35 fighter jets would significantly enhance its air power capabilities. The Su-35 is a multi-role fighter jet known for its high maneuverability and powerful weapons systems. Designed for air superiority, it has a maximum speed of around Mach 2.25 (1,726 mph) and a range of up to 2,237 miles. It can carry a payload of up to 17,637 lbs, including missiles, bombs, and external fuel tanks.

Iran’s current air force consists primarily of aging Russian MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets from the Soviet era and some Chinese aircraft like the F-7. The Islamic Republic also possesses a limited number of American F-4 and F-5 fighter jets that were acquired before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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