Iceland could be home for large fleet of Su-27s!

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  1. bhramos

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    A private company is proposing to base 33 Su-27 fighters in Iceland for dissimilar air combat training with foreign air forces.

    Financial Times reported that ECA is talking to the Icelandic government to rent a former NATO air base and park the jets there.
    The fighters will be supplied by BelTechExport, a Belarusian arms export company. ECA has agreed to buy 15 warplanes with options for 18 more.

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    NATO 'no comment' on Russian warplane deal report

    NATO declined to comment on Wednesday on a report saying it could use Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighters at a Cold War-era base in Iceland for training purposes.
    The Financial Times reported on Monday the Icelandic government is in talks on renting an airbase to a private company, ECA, that says it is buying up to $1.5 bln of Sukhoi Su-27 warplanes from Belarus for use as a mock enemy in military training exercises.
    The paper said ECA has agreed to buy 15 Su-27 jets from BelTechExport, a Belarusian arms export company, with an option for 18 more.

    "We have studied this interesting report, but cannot comment because we do not have official information on the issue at hand," an official at the NATO headquarters in Brussels who requested anonymity said.
    A Russian arms trade expert dismissed the FT report that NATO is going to buy Su-27 fighters in Belarus as a "spoof."
    "Judging by the figures cited and the unprecedented nature of the contract in question, one can assume that it is a made-to-order article, which is designed to promote the ECA company," said Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms trade.
    ECA Program says it has already signed up five air forces keen to test their pilots and jets against "an aircraft most commonly flown by the Russian and Chinese militaries."
    BelTechExport denied knowledge of the deal on Monday, having previously confirmed it to the Financial Times.
    According to the FT story, an official at the Belarusian agency responsible for approving arms exports said later he was not aware of it and Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms exporter, denied involvement.

    NATO 'no comment' on Russian warplane deal report | World | RIA Novosti

    how could you sell yourweapons to the foe nations???
     
  4. Atul

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    So soon we might see Mercenaries in Air Attack role. Or is this the KGB way to makeway in the NATO domain... ??
     
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    Since when did military planes be permitted to private companies for mock training? Wow! These days almost everything is becoming a business. At this rate I won't be surprised if there are Private Military Corporations in the future --- if not in India at least in the West.
     
  6. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    The US already owns MiG-29s and Su-27s to test tactics against. You really don't need 33 just to run a training centre. Nor does this company have the equipment to set up an electronic training range to make it effective. Spoof does seem to be the appropriate word for this news.
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Well Armand, it is not likely that they will make all the news official, is it?
     
  8. LETHALFORCE

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    There are already quasi military/mercenary corporations in USA Dyncorp and Blackwater.
     
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    I dread the idea that one day companies like Blackwater start buying jets from third world nations for their own usage. God knows what will happen if such an eventuality arises.
     
  11. Suryakiran

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    Do not worry mate. All those work will be out sourced to Indian companies only...
     
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    Thats a good joke, buy that time US and EU will also start out sourcing, already US and UK started the outsourcing in their own countries, thanks to Obama........
     
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