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    Venezuela to Buy at Least 12 Russian Fighter Jets - President Maduro

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    Venezuela's President is going to purchase at least 12 Russian fighter jets after the recent Su-30 fighter jet crash.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Venezuela will purchase at least 12 fighter jets from Russia, President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday.

    "I will talk to [Russian] President Vladimir Putin to deliver at least 12 new [Sukhoi] Su [fighter jets] to Venezuela and replace the one lost [on Friday]," Maduro said as quoted by the Noticias24 news website.

    On Friday, a Venezuelan Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed on the country's border with Columbia.

    The Venezuelan government also plans to sign a contract with China on military equipment delivery, the president added. The equipment will be used to fight drug trafficking, particularly from Colombia, according to him.

    The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multi-role fighter aircraft (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of 4+ generation developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.

    Su-30 Multirole fighter
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    Su-30 Multirole fighter


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