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Myanmar Air Force commander flies Su-30SM fighter jet during Moscow visit

The source said the general had flown as second pilot

MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Myanmar Air Force Commanderf, General Maung Maung Kyaw, piloted a Russian Su-30SM fighter jet during his recent visit to Moscow, a source from the military-industrial complex told TASS on Wednesday.

According to the source, the commander flew the aircraft on August 17, at the Kubinka airfield west of Moscow. The source said the general had flown as second pilot. "Kyaw took turns with the first pilot, during the flight they performed several aerobatic maneuvers," the source said. "The captain, a Russian pilot, gave high marks to the skills of the commander and admired his adapting to the aircraft almost right away," he added.

"The general flew confidently and smoothly," the source added. Maung Maung Kyaw did not conceal his delight from flying the plane he had seen in the skies many times. He resolved to fly the fighter jet as Myanmar is planning to buy six such planes, the source added.

Maung Maung Kyaw visited Russia on August 12-18. In particular, on August 17 he met with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin to discuss bilateral cooperation.

In January, Fomin said that when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Myanmar on January 20-21, an agreement was reached that Russia would supply six Su-30 aircraft to the republic.