Laos to buy fighter jets, tanks from Russia

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Laos To Buy Fighter Jets, Tanks From Russia
Russian YAK-130 fighter planes

Laos ordered an unknown number of fighter jets and up to 30 army tanks from Russia, with sources in Laos saying the purchase will be made with concessions to run mining and other projects in the country.

The YAK-130 fighter planes and T-72B White Eagle tanks will be on hand for celebrations of Lao National Army Day on January 20, sources told Radio Free Asia’s Lao Service, with one source adding that only four planes were requested at first.

“However, we expect that the Lao government will buy more jets,” an airline official said, according to the US-state sponsored news outlet.

“The cost of these heavy weapons has not been published yet, but Laos doesn’t pay Russia in cash,” the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A source close to a high-ranking Lao military officer said that the total cost for the planes and tanks will come to “many millions of US dollars, with the Lao government giving Russia the concession of mining and development projects in exchange.”

Russia is already surveying mines in Laos for investment purposes, sources say, though local media report that Russian teams have also entered the country to help clear unexploded ordnance left behind from the US-Vietnam War.

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Russian YAK-130 fighter planes

Laos ordered an unknown number of fighter jets and up to 30 army tanks from Russia, with sources in Laos saying the purchase will be made with concessions to run mining and other projects in the country.

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Laos To Buy Fighter Jets, Tanks From Russia
Russian YAK-130 fighter planes

Laos ordered an unknown number of fighter jets and up to 30 army tanks from Russia, with sources in Laos saying the purchase will be made with concessions to run mining and other projects in the country.

The YAK-130 fighter planes and T-72B White Eagle tanks will be on hand for celebrations of Lao National Army Day on January 20, sources told Radio Free Asia’s Lao Service, with one source adding that only four planes were requested at first.

“However, we expect that the Lao government will buy more jets,” an airline official said, according to the US-state sponsored news outlet.

“The cost of these heavy weapons has not been published yet, but Laos doesn’t pay Russia in cash,” the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A source close to a high-ranking Lao military officer said that the total cost for the planes and tanks will come to “many millions of US dollars, with the Lao government giving Russia the concession of mining and development projects in exchange.”

Russia is already surveying mines in Laos for investment purposes, sources say, though local media report that Russian teams have also entered the country to help clear unexploded ordnance left behind from the US-Vietnam War.

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