Algeria is said to have signed a contract to acquire 14 Su-57 stealth fighters and becomes the first customer to whom the manufacturer Sukhoi will export this flagship of the Russian combat aircraft. The Algerian air force has also signed two other contracts for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35. An option for two other squadrons of 14 aircraft for each aircraft type has also been signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet in the future.
The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline the Algerian army will deploy two squadrons of Su-30MKA, one of Su-57, one of Su-35 and one of Mig-29M2, two squadrons of Modernized Su-24 and one of Su-34 for the bomber fleet. The transformation of the pilots will be done with the Yak-130.
For a long time Algeria has negotiated the purchase of Su-34 and Su-35 with ups and downs in negotiation and special requirements. First, no Su-32, the export version of the Su-34 bomber, especially after the experience feedback in Syria then a long internal debate on the option of taking more Su-30 or even turning to a other partner than Russia, or continue modernizing the fleet with Moscow.
The decision was made in the summer of 2019 after the visit of an Algerian delegation to the MAKS air show in Moscow. During this visit led by the Air Force Commander General Major Boumaiza, the Su-57 was examined from every angle, the former Algerian Mig-29 pilot was even one of the rare foreigners to try the stealth plane Russian on simulator. The rise of the Moroccan air force with the acquisition of 25 F-16 Vipers and the appearance of F-35 in the Italian fleet motivated Algeria's rapid decision.
With this contract, Algeria will become the first country on the southern shore of the Mediterranean to have stealth planes and 5th generation devices after being the first to introduce 4th generation planes.