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Sudan seeking Su-35s

Sudan looking at Su-35sSudan has expressed interest in acquiring fighter jets from Russia, and is apparently looking into the Su-30 and Su-35 combat aircraft.

Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir visited President Vladimir Putin in Russia last week as well as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

According to Ria Novosti, al-Bashir said "We requested the Su-30 because they cover the Sudanese airspace, as well as the Su-35. We have no intentions to carry out aggression abroad, we want to protect the country.”

Ria Novosti also quotes al-Bashir saying Sudan is interested in acquiring missile boats, minesweepers and air defence systems, including the S-300, but these matters were not discussed during the visit.

"We want to develop our military cooperation from attache to advisers. We have a programme for a complete renewal of the armed forces ... All of our equipment is Russian, so we need advisers in this area. When we use the equipment, we need instructors and advisors," he is quoted as saying.

al-Bashir also discussed the possibility of establishing a military base in the Sudan on the Red Sea.

In March, Sudanese air force chief, Salahuddin Abdul Khaliq Saeed said Sudan was buying jets from Russia and would be “fully dependent on Russia for its air armament.”