Sukhoi SU-30 on Venezuela’s mountains
Venezuela president Hugo Chávez embarked on a multi-billion-dollar weapons purchasing program that includes 24 modern Sukhoi SU-30MK2 fighter jets.
Contracts were signed for 24 Su-30MK2 planes on 17 July 2006.
At that time Sergei Ivanov said 30 Su-30 Flanker air-superiority fighters and 30 helicopters would be supplied to Venezuela.
The Russian Su-30 Flankers will replace the Venezuelan contingent of US F-16 multi-role fighters.
Washington imposed an embargo on arms sales to the country 15 May 2006.
On 28 September 2006, Russia arms exporter Rosoboronexport announced that in accordance to a 3.5 billion dollar arms deal signed with Venezuela,
it planned to establish helicopter maintenance and upgrade facilities, as well as deliver 58 Mi-17B5 Hip H, Mi-35M Hind and Mi-26T Havoc helicopters.
As part of the deal, Venezuela purchased 24 Su-30MK fighters for 1.5 billion dollars. Two of the fighters were expected by the end of 2006, and the rest were to be delivered by 2008.
President Hugo Chavez said 04 August 2008 Venezuela had taken delivery of 24 Russian Sukhoi fighter jets,
and warned the U.S. Fourth Fleet that his country is ready to defend itself.