Thailand to buy Russian jet fighters

July 7, 2005 at 10:36 AM
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BANGKOK, July 7 (UPI) -- Thai officials said Thursday they will buy Russian fighters, including air superiority and air-to-surface jets.

Sorayut Prompo, Thailand's ambassador to Russia, made the disclosure during a trip to Siberia, the Russian news agency Novosti reported.

"Thailand and Russia are currently holding consultations on a possible purchase of Russian Su-30MK fighters," he said. "Thailand intends to purchase a large number of fighters for the Thai armed forces."

Prompo toured the Irkut aircraft factory, which makes the Su-30MK, a two-seater designed for air-to-air and air-to-surface attacks.

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