Russians to get 30 additional warplanes

Dec. 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Russian government said it contracted with an aircraft maker for delivery of 30 fighter jets -- in addition to the 30 for which it contracted in March.

The Irkut aircraft manufacturer will provide the Defense Ministry with the additional 30 Su-30SM fighter jets by 2016, RIA Novosti reported in Moscow Wednesday.

The Russian Air Force got its first two Su-30SM planes on Nov. 22, the newspaper said.

The Su-30SM is one of the air force's most important planes. It boasts an improved radar, communications and friend-or-foe identification system and new weapons, among other updates, the newspaper reported.

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