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South American countries may buy Russian fighter jets

Russia's state arms seller names Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and Argentina among the countries that are considering buying Russian fighter planes

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 4. /TASS/. Some South American countries are exploring the possibility of buying fighter jets from Russia, Deputy CEO of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport Sergei Ladygin told TASS on Tuesday.

Ladygin is heading the Rosoboronexport delegation at the LAAD-2017 defense and security exhibition in Brazil.

"Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and Argentina can be mentioned among the countries that are considering buying Russian fighter planes," the Rosoboronexport deputy CEO said.

Special attention to Russian fighter aircraft is prompted by the excellent operational characteristics demonstrated by generation 4+ and 4++ aircraft, he said.

"To a considerable extent, the interest has increased after the Russian air task force’s successful operation in Syria," the delegation head said.

Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk told TASS earlier on Tuesday that Russia had submitted its proposals on the delivery of Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets to Argentina, which had expressed its desire to buy these planes.

The LAAD-2017 international Latin American defense and security exhibition will be held in Rio de Janeiro on April 4-7. A total of 367 companies from 36 states have expressed their desire to take part in it.

The Russian exposition organized by the state arms exporter Rosoboronexport will feature the products of 23 contractors, 11 of which will demonstrate mockup models of advanced military hardware, including the Yak-130 combat training plane, the Mil Mi-28NE combat helicopter, the Kamov Ka-226T rotocraft, the Ansat light multipurpose helicopter, the Tor-M2KM short-range antiaircraft missile system, the Project 20382 corvette Tigr, the Project 12200 patrol boat Sobol and other materiel.