23 Desember 2009
MiG-29 of Myanmar Air Force (photo : Aeroflight)
Russia is to supply Burma with a further 20 MiG-29 jet fighters, according to the news agency Agence France-Presse, quoting the Russian daily Kommersant on Wednesday.
Russia and Burma signed a contract several weeks ago for the purchase of the aircraft at a cost of nearly 400 million euros (US $570 million), the paper reported, quoting a source close to the Russian arms company Rosoboronexport.
Kommersant said it was the biggest export contract for MiG-29 fighters since a deal with Algeria in 2007.
Burma took delivery of a dozen MiG-29 fighters from Russia in 2001, the paper said.
One source close to Rosoboronexport told the paper that Russia secured the MiG-29 deal by beating off an offer by China to supply Burma with “ultra-modern” J-10 and FC-1 fighters “on very advantageous conditions.”
Russia, a staunch ally of Burma at the UN, is among the country's leading arms suppliers. Russia is to build a “nuclear studies” center in Burma, which will include a 10-megawatt, light water-moderated nuclear reactor.