Iran to buy 24 Su-35s, s-400, and a military satellite from Russia in a 20 billion dollar deal.
Despite the fact that the Indo-pacific is becoming a significant flashpoint between the U.S and China, the Middle East retains its strategic significance in the global arms market.
The region has been a key market for advanced fighter jets for some time but Russia had not had any significance until now.
Russia is a newcomer when it comes to selling advanced fighter jets in the middle east market which has been dominated by western countries especially the U.S and the sale of 24-SU 35s to Iran will make Russia a new player with great significance if the deal goes through.
If the deal is reached, Russia will provide Iran with a 4.5 generation fighter jet it has been lacking due to U.S sanctions on the country and this could significantly change the balance of power in the region and cause a serious headache for both U.S and Israel operations in the region.
The SU-35SEs which are likely to be supplied to Iran by the mid of 2022 were originally meant to be delivered to Egypt but the U.S threatened Egypt with sanctions under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
According to some reports, a number of SU-35SEs destained for Egypt are stationed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia’s far east which has sparked speculations that Russia will instead sell them to Iran or Algeria.
Whether the fighter jets go to Iran or Algeria, it will be a headache for the U.S and its allies in the region as they are aware of SU-35’s capabilities and we expect U.S and Israel to oppose the deal.
Su-35 fighter jets were among those deployed in Syria with the aiming assist President Assad to remain in power and they played a very important role in retaking many parts from rebels back to government control.
Iran Air Force is outdated as the majority of its aircraft are F-14As, F-4s, and F-5s manufactured in the U.S which were supplied to Iran during the reign of its last king, Shah in the 1960s and 1970s.
Iran has been looking for ways to upgrade to a more modern air force but has been restricted by both UN and U.S sanctions, UN sanctions were removed and so now Iran is free to buy any weapons from any country but had not done so mainly due to harsh economic situation at home due to the harshest sanction put on the country by the U.S. because of its ballistic missile program and nuclear program.
Israel has been striking Iranian targets in Syria for many years now with recently threatening to bomb Iran’s nuclear site but with SU-35s delivered to Iran, Israel will find it difficult to carry out such airstrikes on Iranian soil.
The Most Significant Sell Will Be The S-400 Defence System And A Military Satellite
The s-400 defense system is the most advanced air defense system currently under deployment in the world with the ability to track multiple targets at a distance of 400km and engage a target at more than 200km which will not only give Iran protection but also will help Iran track Israel airstrikes in Syria which is a big problem for the Israelis.
According to some reports, there is a great possibility of Russia selling the s-400 defense system to Iran despite U.S objections to such a deal.
Russia’s ambassador in Iran Levan Jagarian confirmed it by saying that Russia is not afraid of the U.S threats and that Russia will fulfill its commitments once a deal is reached.
The s-400 poses a serious threat to Israel air crafts and the U.S assets in the region as the s-400 systems are believed to be able to track and target the 5th generation fighter jets like the F-35 operated by both U.S and Israel in the region.
The sophistication of the s-400 defense system will weaken Israel’s ability to carry out airstrikes against Syria as it has been doing if deployed. The system capabilities will help Iran monitor much of Israel’s air space hence prepare in advance.
The middle east geopolitical situation will further be made very complicated with the supply of SU-35SE fighter jets, s-400 defense systems, and a military satellite able to monitor the U.S and its allies’ activities in the region which will cause a big headache to the U.S.