Iran plans to buy Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter planes to modernize its air force, the Defense Minister said on Saturday, including that Tehran may again permit Russia to utilize an Iranian air base for its operations in Syria.
"The buy of this fighter is on the agenda of the Defense Ministry," Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told journalists, as per the Tasneem news office, without saying what number of planes Iran is consulting to purchase.
"However, any purchase of the military planes from Russia should include receiving technology and joint investment, he underlined, saying Russia accepted it in the negotiations," Tasneem reported.
Russia is in converses with update Iran's haggard aviation based armed forces by offering it Sukhoi Su-30 contender planes, however the arrangement would require the endorsement of the United Nations Security Council and could facilitate strain Moscow's relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
In August, Tehran permitted Russian planes to utilize a base in Western Iran in their strikes in support of the Syrian government which Moscow and Tehran both support. The uncommon arrangement was censured by the United States and some Iranian legislators.
Gotten some information about any arrangements to give the Russian air a chance to constrain utilize the base, Dehghan said: "If important, Iran will at the end of the day permit Russian planes to fly from Hamedan's Nojeh air base," Tasneem reported.
Dehghan decay to remark on a Russian report that Russia and Iran were in talks over arms bargains worth $10 billion.
"On this matter, you'll need to ask the Russians," said Dehghan, as per the semi-official Mehr news office.