The Algerian Air Force is set to receive the last batch of six Sukhoi Su-30MKA combat aircraft from Russia’s Irkut Corporation in September 2009.

The aircraft form a part of a $7.5bn arms deal signed by Algeria with Russia for 28 MiG-29SMTs, 6 MiG-29UBT trainers and 28 Su-30MKA multirole fighters.

The two-seater, super-manoeuvrable Su-30MK is capable of engaging aerial threats including cruise missiles, and ground and sea-surface targets by air-to-air and air-to-surface guided and unguided weapons.

The Su-30MKAs will aid in modernising the air force wing and other elements of the Algeria’s People’s National Army.

Algeria also retains options on up to 30 more MiG-29s. The combined value of the MiG-29 and Su-30 acquisitions is estimated at about $2.8bn.

Irkut had previously delivered 22 of the 28 fighter jets to the air force.

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