"We are completing research and development activities with the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG and we hope that from 2018, we will begin to purchase this fighter, as we already have plans on the 2018-2025 state armament program," Borisov told reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS-2017 air show.
Russia is in the process of implementing a large-scale rearmament program. It was announced in 2010, with a goal of modernizing 70 percent of the country's military hardware by 2020. The cost of the modernization program is estimated at about 20 trillion rubles (over $300 billion).
The 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 kicked off on Tuesday and will last through Sunday.