Reports: Iran looking to Russia, China to help modernize air force




 
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November 16th, 2007  
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Topic: Reports: Iran looking to Russia, China to help modernize air force


Reports: Iran looking to Russia, China to help modernize air force

The Associated Press Tuesday, November 13, 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Iran, seeking to bolster its air defenses amid rising tensions over its nuclear program, is likely to turn to Russia and China for the warplanes needed to replace its obsolete U.S. jets, analysts say.
Both Moscow and Beijing refuse to comment on reports in the Israeli and Russian media, along with Western aviation publications, that Iran aims to order Russian Sukhoi Su-30 and Chinese Chengdu J-10 combat aircraft.
But analysts note that Tehran is already committed to a sweeping modernizing program for the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and that Tehran cannot obtain top-of-the-line jets from any other source due to a Western arms embargo. They also say that all three nations are very secretive when it comes to defense sales.


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