[Ed. – Back to the future. Forty years on from Camp David … all things old are new again.]
Moscow announced earlier this week that it had concluded a contract to deliver “20 or more” of the “heavy multi-role fighter aircraft Sukhoi Su-35 to Egypt.”
The announcement of the major arms transfer to Cairo in the Moscow daily Kommersant is raising concerns in western capitals about the increasing influence of Russia in Egypt. …
[A] subsequent report by the Russian Interfax news agency quoted Russian officials as saying that the Egyptian aircraft are already on the assembly schedule at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Production Association plant in the Russian Far East province of Khabarovsk. This production center is the sole facility for producing this aircraft type and has been filling Su-35 orders for both the Russian Aerospace Forces and the PRC’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
Sources in Moscow told the Washington Free Beacon that the Su-35 purchase is likely to be financed with loans from Russian state bank channels. Informed speculation in Moscow is the sum is most likely not ever to be repaid.