ArmInfo. And about. Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan did not rule out the acquisition of the most advanced SU-30SM fighters from Russia. So, on November 12 at a meeting with journalists Tonoyan? answering the question about the possible acquisition of the Swedish fighter JAS-39 Gripen production company SAAB, urged not to focus on those proposals that receive the Armenian side.
<The Ministry of Defense of Armenia studies all incoming proposals, and makes decisions, including analyzing possible delivery times. There is no solution for Swedish fighters. However, we received a more serious proposal, which is being studied and on which a decision will be made soon. Negotiations are underway, including on the timing of possible deliveries, since we don't have much time, "he said.
To clarify whether we are talking about the Russian ultra-modern fighters Su-30Sm, Tonoyan, in particular, said: "Maybe". However, he refused to disclose the details.
In an interview with ArmInfo correspondent, Tonoyan also said that the fighters would be purchased with funds from the budget. <The bulk of funds for fighters will be allocated from the budget. We decided not to buy on credit, "he concluded.
It should be noted that on October 30, in the Armenian media, information was spread that Sweden offered the Armenian Ministry of Defense to purchase JAB-39 Gripen fighters manufactured by SAAB. For the purchase was proposed a party of eight fighters. The estimated price of one car is approximately 55? 60 million euros, while a leasing scheme for acquiring airplanes is possible. There is no data about a specific modification of the fighter. JAS-39 Gripen is a light fourth-generation single-engine fighter. The aircraft has a combat radius of 800 km and can carry both high-precision air-to-surface weapons and air-to-air missiles to fight enemy fighters. The car has a relatively low cost compared to other Western counterparts. Let us note that in the summer of this year, the media also reported that Moscow wants to supply multifunctional Su-30SM fighter jets to Yerevan earlier than before 2024. "Shortly before the change of power in Armenia, the Armenian Defense Ministry postponed the issue of purchasing Russian Su-30SM multifunctional fighters until 2024. The contract, which implies the supply of at least one squadron to the Armenian Air Force, was signed in 2012, but did not enter into force due to financial difficulties of the customer. Russia expects to implement the agreement with the new leadership of Armenia. Premier Nikol Pashinyan sat in the cockpit of the Su-30SM and called the fighter "one of the best in the world." Talk about the desire of Armenia to buy the Su-30SM resumed After Nikol Pashinyan posted a photo on the social network Facebook, in which he is in the cockpit of the plane located at the Erebuni military airport, he did not provide any further details, the fact was not commented on by the Armenian Ministry of Defense.