PICTURE: Sukhoi to deliver 20 upgraded aircraft to Russian air force in 2007

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Sukhoi will deliver more than 20 upgraded Su-27SM fighters, Su-24M2 interdiction aircraft and Su-25SM attack aircraft to the Russian air force this year.

Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan says the company has been delivering these upgraded aircraft - modified during major overhaul - for two years. "The schedule of deliveries, the quantity and quality of these upgraded aircraft fully correspond to the requirements and specifications of the Russian air force".

 
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The Russian air force will receive more than 20 upgraded Su-27SM fighters, Su-24M2 interdiction aircraft and Su-25SM attack aircraft

Pogosyan says the company and Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport have also signed a firm order with Indonesia for additional Su-27 and Su-30MK fighters.

He says that deliveries to India and Malaysia have been proceeding as scheduled, and Algeria is to receive its first Su-30MKA later this year. Together with NPK Irkut, Sukhoi will deliver more than 50 Sukhoi type combat aircraft to overseas customers this year, Pogosyan says.