Algeria is Closer to Su-57

Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, Said Chengriha, received the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia, Dmitry Shugaev. This visit feeds the rumours that Algeria is closer to Su-57.

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This meeting comes on the sidelines of a preparatory meeting for the convening of the19th Session of the Joint Algerian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation which will be held in Russia before the end of 2020.

Shugaev and Chengriha discussed military-technical cooperation between Algeria and Russia, among other issues of common interest for both Russian and Algeria.

In a news report televised by the Algerian State TV, Shugaev is seen holding a Su-57 model. This comes in the midst of growing rumors about Algeria being the first foreign customer of Russia’s 5G fighter Su-57.

Over the past year several reports rumoured Algeria to be the first foreign client to acquire Russia's 5th generation fighter Su-57. However, the Russian side never commented on the matter and nothing official was heard about Algeria buying Su-57 fighters.

Earlier this month, these rumours floated again when a photo of the building of the Algerian Ministry of Defence caught the attention because it shows the Su-57 fighters operating alongside Algerian Su-30 fighters, frigates, and T-90 tanks. Many take this as a sign that the reports that had been circulated earlier are plausible.

On the sidelines of the VI International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020, the spokeswoman of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Maria Vorobyova said to reporters that several countries have sent official bids for the purchase of the latest fifth-generation Su-57 fighters from Russia.

"Despite the fact that this is a new sample of Russian military products, a number of official applications for its supply have been received already," said Vorobyova.

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