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Vietnam goes for the Su-30Mk2

As tensions are rising in Syria, and especially given the resistance of Russia and China, business keeps going as usual for Russia. The country has just announced another batch of sales of up to 450 million USD worth of Sukhois to Vietnam. Russia is becoming one of the fastest arms sellers in the world, and especially to emerging countries. What is also surprising is the rising importance of the role played by Russia in East Asia, strengthening ties locally through arms support, despite the traditional leading roles of China and the USA. The contract is based on 12 Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter aircraft under a recent contract worth about $450 million and was reportedly signed last week, and the Su-30s are expected to be delivered to Vietnam in 2014-2015. Russia has delivered a total of 20 Su-30 fighter jets under two previous contracts signed in 2009 and 2010. Su-30MK2 is an advanced two-seat version of the Su-27 Flanker multirole fighter with upgraded electronics and capability to launch anti-ship missiles. Combat aircraft remain the core of the Russian arms exports. Sukhoi Su-27/30 Flanker and Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets, Mil Mi-24/35 helicopter gunships, Mi-17 combat transport helicopters and Kamov Ka-28/31 naval helicopters are among the best-selling items in the aviation segment of arms exports.

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