Zhukovsky, Moscow Region: Russia has completed deliveries of 18 Su-30MKM fighters to Malaysia as part of an agreement signed in 2003, the head of the Irkut Corporation said on Wednesday. Russian arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, also said that Russia will complete deliveries of eight Su-30MK2 fighters to Vietnam by 2010.
Russia and Vietnam had signed a $500 million agreement on the sale of eight Su-30MK2 fighters in January 2009. "The contract was signed in January, and we will fulfil it in 2009-2010," Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general director of Rosoboronexport said at the MAKS-2009 air show near Moscow.
Mikheyev said deliveries would be made in two batches of four aircraft each.
Su-30MK2 is an advanced two-seat version of the Su-30 multirole fighter with upgraded electronics and is primarily designed for a maritime strike role. It has the capability to launch anti-ship missiles.
The Vietnamese version Su-30MK2V will have slight modifications to the regular MK2 versions.