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Yemen to buy more Russian fighters: president

Posted by Kris Roman on February 26, 2009

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Russian MiG-29 fighter aircraft

Yemen seeks to buy more Russian fighter jets among other military hardware, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview published Thursday by the Vremya Novostei daily.

“We had had the (MiG-29) fighter airplanes for a long time, they are good fighters. Suffice to say that we intend to buy more of them, I will not say how much, but it will be MiG-29 and maybe MiG-35,” Saleh told the daily.

“We are also holding talks on buying Russian helicopters and cutters,” Saleh, who arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, added.

The two countries may conclude a 250 million dollar (194 million euro) deal for the purchase by Yemen of 100 armoured vehicles, 300 Kamaz trucks and 50 mortars with ammunition, the Kommersant newspaper wrote Wednesday, citing a source at Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

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