Algeria plans to buy a dozen Su-57

Algeria buy Sukhoi Su-57
Russian Su-57 fighter jets during MAKS-2019 airshow. (Image: Sputnik/Vladimir Astapkovich).

According to local sources, Algeria is currently in advanced negotiations with Russia to purchase fifth generation fighter aircraft. The nation is planning to purchase 12/14 Sukhoi Su-57E aircraft ("E" is the variant developed for export) with an option for a second batch of the same quantity.

Currently an agreement between Russia and Algeria has not yet been signed, however experts believe that it can be concluded as early as next year.

Based on data from previous offers that Russia has submitted to other countries, the contract value is expected to be around $ 1.8-2 billion.

In addition, Algeria plans to sign two more contracts for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 fighters. Deliveries of all aircraft are expected to be completed by 2025. These agreements should also include the option to double the quantities.

The Algerian Air Force aims to form two squadrons consisting of Su-30MKA, one of Su-57, one of Su-35 and one of Mig-29M2 for air defense and two squadrons consisting of modernized Su-24 and one of Su-34 for attack missions. The pilots will be trained with the Yak-130.

After the signing of the agreement, Algeria will become the first country in the southern Mediterranean to have stealth and fifth generation fighters after being the first country in the area to introduce fourth generation aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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