Islamabad, Moscow are negotiating a deal on Russian Su-35 and Su-37 jets.
Deputy Director of Export Promotion Services Pakistan, Shahab Qadir Khan, whilst speaking with Sputnik news confirmed that Pakistan and Russia were negotiating a deal on Russian Su-35 and Su-37 jets. The statement falls in line with the Pakistan’s response to the U.S. when the latter pulled out of an F-16 deal according to which the former was to receive 8 F-16 jets. Pakistan stated that it would look elsewhere for far more capable fighter jets in order to maintain balance in the region. Qadir Khan said,
Pakistan is involved in negotiations with Russia on a deal for Su-35 and Su-37. We are in initial stage now.
As per Qadir Khan, Pakistan’s delegation in attendance of the Army-2016 expo also included technical experts to weigh possible options for purchase. As such, Russian helicopters were also being considered for purchase. Khan added,
We already have Russian transport helicopter Mi-17, but we are looking for other helicraft, and we are looking at assessment of Mi-35 to buy in the near future.
The Army-2016 Expo has been organized by Russian Defense Ministry and was kicked off on Tuesday. It will last all the way through Sunday. The Expo is being held in Kubinka, a suburb near Moscow. The event is expected to bring together over 800 Russian and foreign participants mounting some 7,000 exhibitions throughout this week.
Pakistan has already shown intent for Russian Air Defense Systems, Tanks, and Anti-Tank Ammunition. Earlier this week, it was reported that Pakistan had fruitful discussions with Russian partners over acquisition of the Su-35 jets in July of 2016. The negotiations are still in their initial phase implying that Russia may have already agreed to the possibility of selling air defense systems, Su-35 and Su-37 jets to Pakistan.
Pakistan is looking at different options to deepen cooperation with Russia.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.