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Russian airbase in Armenia will be re-equipped with Su-30SM fighter jets — source

April 23, 4:43 UTC+3

A source in the Russian Defense Ministry said that the delivery of Su-30SM jets to the Russian airbase in Armenia will be completed in two stages

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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Multirole fighter jets Su-30SM of the new generation will be delivered to the 3624th Russian airbase at the Erebuni aerodrome in Armenia to replace MiG-29 aircraft, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.

"The re-equipment of the airbase with Su-30SM fighter jets is planned to start next year. The delivery of aircraft will be completed in two stages — in 2020-2021. All 18 MiG-29 jets are planned to be replaced with Su-30SM aircraft," the source said.

"When deliveries of new aircraft begin, some pilots will be sent to the Lipetsk aviation center for training, while others will continue serving at the Erebuni airbase," the source noted.

Su-30SM is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter jet of the 4++ generation.

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