01:49 GMT17 April 2021
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    Indonesia plans to buy up to 18 Russian Su-35 fighter jets.

    KUALA LUMPUR (Malasya) (Sputnik) – Key decisions on the purchase of Russian Su-35 Flanker multirole fighters by Indonesia have been made and contract talks may start soon, a senior official from Russia’s Rostec state corporation said.

    “Principle decisions have been made, we are expecting the start of talks,” Viktor Kladov, the head of Rostec's International Cooperation Department, said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “We are looking forward to the visit of the Indonesian defense minister to Moscow to attend an international security conference. We will have a meeting on the sidelines of this conference, we are making progress in this direction,” Kladov said adding that the deal may involve up to 18 aircraft.

    Russia has also started preliminary talks with Indonesia on the delivery of Russian Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines, Viktor Kladov said.

    "Preliminary consultations are being held. Indonesia has strong interest in developing military-technical cooperation with Russia and we are already cooperating in all three areas – ground forces, air force and the navy. We are holding several consultations, including on this particular [Project 636] subject," Kladov told RIA Novosti.

    Russia’s improved Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines feature advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

    In 2016, the Russian Black Sea Fleet will deploy six Project 636 Varshavyanka class submarines.


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