Iran confirms purchase of Su-35 fighter jets from Russia

The Iranian mission to the UN confirmed information about the purchase from Russia of a batch of Su-35 multipurpose super-maneuverable fighters. Such a decision by Tehran can qualitatively change the fragile balance of power in the Middle East.

Earlier, the authorities of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE tried to dissuade Moscow from selling combat aircraft to the Iranians, fearing the strengthening of Tehran's position in the region. Arab diplomats told Russian officials that the supply of modern weapons to Iran would not only destabilize the military balance in the Persian Gulf, but also put the Russian Federation on the side of Iran in a potential conflict, isolating Moscow from its Arab partners.

Representatives of the Arab countries also asked Russia to at least delay any arms deliveries to Iran, unless the Russian Federation agrees to completely cancel them.

Meanwhile, the acquisition of Russian aircraft and helicopters could be a game-changer for the Iranian military, which is currently suffering from attrition and limited ability to purchase spare parts and of technologies due to Western sanctions. This will greatly enhance Tehran's ability to operate in theaters such as Syria, Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

The day before, the representative of the Iranian mission in New York, Mojtaba Babai, denied accusations by the United States, European countries and Ukraine that Tehran was supplying the Russian Federation with drones that the Russian Armed Forces use in a special operation. At the same time, the Iranian side provided details about the sale of fighter jets by Russia, but did not disclose their number and date of delivery.
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  1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 10 March 2023 09: 46
    The solidarity of Saudi Arabia and Israel in countering the Islamic Republic of Iran is surprising and inexplicable. This is at a time when open discrimination is going on in Israel, close to genocide, of Arabs, blood brothers of the same Saudis
  2. Vlad Sirs Offline Vlad Sirs
    Vlad Sirs (Sirius NVL) 10 March 2023 09: 59
    A company in Ukraine shows that modern air defense significantly reduces the capabilities of the Air Force, the UAE and Israel have those.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 10 March 2023 10: 32
      Quote: Vlad Srs
      modern air defense significantly reduces the capabilities of the air force

      Shield and sword...

      Syria in Lebanon in 1982 had layered air defense.
      But with the correct use of drones and the not very competent use of that air defense, all this air defense was defeated dry.

      After that, in the USSR it was necessary to flog and demote all the generals, completely change approaches to the development of the army / air force / air defense.
      But that was a five-year period of magnificent funerals, everything was hushed up, and funds continued to be pumped up without changing priorities until 2022.

      So any single element, whether it be a Su-35 or S-300, but correctly integrated into the system, can be effective. And it will be an absolutely useless target if placed as in a parade, and information / decisions are transmitted by courier communication with approval at the level of the Minister of Defense.
  3. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) 10 March 2023 17: 40
    The supply of Su-35 to Iran should generally be given priority at the level of the State Defense Order, even to the detriment of the supply of this model of the Russian Aerospace Forces. For your own, you need to accelerate the Su-57.