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    Russia-made Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters will replace outdated Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters in the Belarusian Air Froces, according to Belarus deputy defense minister.

    MINSK (Sputnik) — Belarus has reached a preliminary agreement with the Russian Irkut Corporation to acquire Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters for its Air Force, the country’s deputy defense minister said Thursday.

    According to Igor Lotenkov, as quoted by the SB – Belarus Segodnya newspaper, these aircraft will replace its outdated Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters.

    "[The Air Force's] capability to destroy air targets after the acquisition of the Su-30s will increase, while extensive tactical range of the [Su-30] jets will enable the Air Force to perform combat missions from any airport in the country," he said.

    The Su-30 fighter is a two-seat derivative of the earlier Su-27 Flanker with an extended operating range, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes and equipped with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions.


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