Russia confirms Syria MiG deal still on -report

Syria has said it expects to buy eight aircraft of this type worth between $400 million and $500 million.

Russia confirms Syria MiG deal still on -report

Russia confirmed on Thursday that it is still in talks with Syria to supply a modernised MiG-31E interceptor aircraft to Damascus.

Alexei Fyodorov, head of the state-run United Aviation Corp (UAC), told Kommersant business daily in an interview that it was unclear when the actual delivery would could take place.

"Consultations are under way on this contract, so its fate is not quite clear to us," he said. "The talks continue, and I believe it will be implemented in the end."

The MiG-31, codenamed "Foxhound" by NATO, is a supersonic, high-altitude fighter. Soviet-designed, it has been in service since the 1980s and remains a workhorse of Russian air forces.

Syria has said it expects to buy eight aircraft of this type worth between $400 million and $500 million.


Reuters

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