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2006-05-21 Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela considering Russian jets to replace fleet of F-16s
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Posted by Sheling Unomons1998 2006-05-21 00:48|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [427 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Why bother even upgrading them? They're F-16A's, about the most advanced feature on them right now would be the fly by wire technology. Even stratfor says they're not much of a military impact. As for the Su-35s, well lets see 1) they aren't anywhere near production and only a couple of demo models were ever built, 2) Russia will only build the planes if someone else funds development and production of them and 3) this has all the basic earmarks of a temper tantrum kind of intent to purchase. Heck I'll be just slightly interested in how the fighters actually perform if Russia actually DELIVERS them.
Posted by Valentine 2006-05-21 02:19||   2006-05-21 02:19|| Front Page Top

#2 If Hugo is serious and sane, he would go for SU-25BMs {http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/row/su-25.htm}.
They are already in service, have spare parts, and can be immediately supplied. But then, this is just public onanism for the international media.
Posted by Shieldwolf 2006-05-21 04:01||   2006-05-21 04:01|| Front Page Top

#3 If he were serious, he would ask for a Su-30 MK, the export version of the Su-27 Flanker.

The very mention of the Su-35 shows this is idle chatter
Posted by john 2006-05-21 10:02||   2006-05-21 10:02|| Front Page Top

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