Iran may drop its plan to buy Russian MiG-35 and Su-30 fighters, and opt to acquire Chengdu J-10 jets from China by investing half of the $3 billion financial assistance provided by Qatar.
The $3 billion aid was offered by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani when he met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran last week. Of the Qatar fund offered as compensation to families of victims killed in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ “accidental” downing of Ukrainian airliner, Tehran plans to invest $1.5 billion on buying 36 Chinese jets, reports China’s Sina News.
This contradicts recent reports in the Russian state media that have long being stating that Tehran is “seriously interested” in procuring its jets.
“Although Iran appears to be interested in combat-proven Russian Su-30 jets, Iran could pick the Chinese alternative in light of the recent criticism against Russian military aircraft, primarily on account of the lack of spare parts,” the Sina report said.
Iran has admitted that its military shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight that
A 45-member Ukrainian State Investigative Commission team which arrived in Tehran today is holding talks with Iranian authorities to jointly decode the black box of the downed Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800. "At the moment, we are holding effective diplomatic negotiations with the Iranian side, there is every reason to hope for cooperation on all issues, including the participation of our commission in deciphering the recordings from the black boxes of our aircraft," Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov on his Facebook page, Ukrainian media reported
Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have claimed that none of precision-guided Fateh-110 and Qiam-1 ballistic missiles fired at United States military bases in Iraq had been intercepted. The missiles struck Iraqs Ain al-Asad and Erbil airbases on January 8, five days after IRGC head Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by the US
Iran used Russian GLONASS satellites to navigate its missiles while striking United States military bases in Iraq. The use of satellite guidance enabled precision strike on January 8- said to be with an accuracy of 10 meters- which has surprised US and Israeli specialists, Israeli news site, Debka File reported on Monday
Spooked by the rumored presence of six F-35 stealth fighters in the vicinity amidst heightened tensions between US and Iran, Tehran is said to have downed the ill-fated Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8. "There were at least six F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area (at the time)
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