Syria Receives 6 MiG-31 Fighters From Russia; Local Media

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Syria Receives 6 MiG-31 Fighters From Russia; Local Media
Russian MiG-31 Foxhound Interceptor

Russia has supplied six MiG-31 'Foxhound' interceptor fighter jets to Syria.

The six aircraft are part of the 2007 deal signed between Russian and Syria featuring sale of eight MiG-31 supersonic fighter jets, Turkish BGN news reported Sunday.

Moscow has earlier provided Mi-28 attack Helicopters to Damascus to fight against Daesh militants.

"The Soviet Union has always supplied weapons to Syria. Thus, some balance in the region was maintained to help us keep the peace, so I think that the contract is part of this historical strategy," one of the Popular Front’s leaders Qadri Jamil had said in 2014.

MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov, in May 2014 had said, "the company was planning to supply 12 MiG-29M/M2 fighters to Syria in 2016-2017 under a contract concluded in 2007, but due to the ongoing war in the country there may be problems with the deliveries."

Apart from Russia and Kazakhstan, Syria will be the only other country to fly MiG-31 if the reports are to be believed.

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