The Middle East, a key market for advanced fighter jets, may soon have a new player if reports of Iran planning to buy the Russian Su-35E ‘Super Flanker’ are anything to go by.
Despite the fact that the Indo-Pacific is becoming a significant flashpoint between the United States and China, the Middle East retains its strategic significance in the global arms market.
Russia has been pushing its weapons to this region in recent years, hoping to capitalize on ongoing differences between the Biden administration and Gulf countries.
The EurAsian Times had earlier reported that during the Dubai Air Show, Russia stole the limelight with the Su-75 Checkmate, showcasing its fifth-generation stealth aircraft as a suitable fit for the Gulf region. Algeria and Turkey have apparently also expressed interest in the Su-35 combat jet.
Iran is now expected to purchase 4.5-generation Sukhoi Su-35SE ‘Super Flankers’ from Russia in the near future, according to reports. Iran and Russia could possibly sign a $20 billion defense pact in January 2022.
Moscow could provide Tehran with 24 Su-35SE fighter jets, two upgraded S-400 air defense missile systems, and a military satellite under the terms of the agreement, many have speculated.
‘Super Flanker’ for Iran?
The Su-35SEs were originally intended for Egypt, However, the US threatened sanctions against Egypt under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Thus nearly 15 ready-to-fly Su-35SEs could be delivered to Iran by early next year