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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fighter Deals on the Way

ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow Region -- Combat aviation, which is expected to take a back seat to naval systems this year in arms exports, will rebound in 2006 on a host of new contracts, Russia's chief weapons exporter said Thursday.

"The main bulk of export will be made up by naval systems," said Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Rosoboronexport, the state-owned arms-selling agency, who spoke to reporters at the Seventh Moscow Aviation and Space Show, MAKS 2005.

He said arms sales would remain stable this year, bringing in $5 billion.

"This year, we are delivering more warships and submarines. ... Next year, aviation will dominate again as in the previous years," he said.

Contracts under negotiation with Thailand, Indonesia and Algeria could lift aviation sales next year, Chemezov said.

"We hope they will be signed by the end of this year," he said, refusing to provide details.

Media have reported that Indonesia, which already has four Sukhois, is looking to get 12 more and that Thailand is considering buying six fighters.

Oleg Demchenko, president of Irkut Corp., another maker of Sukhoi jets, told reporters on Wednesday that his company was in talks to deliver Su-30MKs to Algeria.

Last year, negotiations between rival MiG and Algiers stalled after a change of management at the company.

A source familiar with the situation said that now both companies were pushing offers to Algiers -- six Su-30s and 16 MiG 29s.