By equipping itself with a Su-34 fighter-bomber, Algeria would expose itself to US sanctions

Long announced, it seems that the contract for the acquisition by Algiers of 12 Su-34 fighter-bombers is now effectively on the verge of being formalized by the country's authorities. These devices, almost 24 meters long and weighing up to 45 tonnes at takeoff, derived from the famous Su-27, would participate in the modernization of the Algerian air forces. The first batch of 6 devices must indeed arrive in the coming weeks in Algeria, the 6 others to be delivered in 2022 and 2023. If this delivery does indeed take place, after having been repeatedly announced as imminent and this since 2016, it will mark the first export success of this device for Moscow.

In addition, the two countries remain in negotiations for a set of 14 Su-35 long-range fighters, and a set of 14 Su-57, the 5th generation fighter aircraft which will soon enter service with the VKS, the Russian air force. But the fulfillment of this long postponed order also risks significantly hardening relations between Algiers and Washington, and exposing the fragile Algerian economy to the consequences of the American CAATSA legislation, the same one that set back several other potential customers of the Russian defense industry.

Algiers could be the first customer of the Su-57E, the export version of the new 5th generation aircraft of Russian invoice

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