Iranian media announced that Iran has finalized an agreement to purchase Su-35 aircraft and Mi-28 helicopters from Russia.
Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Mahdi Farahi said plans have been finalized for Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, Mil Mi-28 attack helicopters and Yak-130 trainer aircraft to join the combat units of the Iranian armed forces.
He noted that those three aircraft will soon be available to Iran and that the final processes are underway.
The General pointed out that Iran has the largest fleet of military helicopters in the region and that it has upgraded its helicopter capabilities after carrying out several projects.
Iran has not acquired any new fighter jets in recent years, excluding the few Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets it bought in the 1990s. Iran and Russia signed major agreements to strengthen economic, trade, energy, and military cooperation.
In September, the Iranian Air Force received its first Russian-made Yak-130 jet trainers. The advanced aircraft would allow Iranian military pilots to be trained to fly 4+ and 5th-generationfighter jets, such as the Sukhoi Su-57, Klix.ba reports.