Su-30MK2 Venezuela Air Force
Venezuela placed an initial order for 24 Su-30MK2 Flankers on July 25, 2006, as part of a $3 billion weapons contract which also included helicopters and other equipment. The first two KnAAPO-built Su-30MKV (Su-30MK2 AMV) Flankers were delivered on November 30, 2006, and formally accepted on December 5 by the Venezuelan government-owned Cavim weapons factory. The two aircraft, serials 0460 and 1259, made their first public debut at the 86th anniversary of the Venezuelan Air Force display at Base Aérea El Libertador in Maracay on December 10, 2006. The Flankers are operated by Grupo Aéreo de Caza 13 “Libertador Simon Bolivar” based at Base Aérea Luis Del Valle Garcia in Barcelona. A further two were delivered in late December, 2006, (serial 1265 and 8963), followed by four more in March 2007 (including 1075). The last pair of the 24 aircraft was delivered in July 2008.
Venezuela president Hugo Chávez embarked on a multi-billion-dollar weapons purchasing program that includes 24 modern Sukhoi SU-30MK2 fighter jets.
Contracts were signed for 24 Su-30MK2 planes on 17 July 2006.
At that time Sergei Ivanov said 30 Su-30 Flanker air-superiority fighters and 30 helicopters would be supplied to Venezuela.
The Russian Su-30 Flankers will replace the Venezuelan contingent of US F-16 multi-role fighters.
Washington imposed an embargo on arms sales to the country 15 May 2006.
On 28 September 2006, Russia arms exporter Rosoboronexport announced that in accordance to a 3.5 billion dollar arms deal signed with Venezuela,
it planned to establish helicopter maintenance and upgrade facilities, as well as deliver 58 Mi-17B5 Hip H, Mi-35M Hind and Mi-26T Havoc helicopters.
As part of the deal, Venezuela purchased 24 Su-30MK fighters for 1.5 billion dollars. Two of the fighters were expected by the end of 2006, and the rest were to be delivered by 2008.
President Hugo Chavez said 04 August 2008 Venezuela had taken delivery of 24 Russian Sukhoi fighter jets,
and warned the U.S. Fourth Fleet that his country is ready to defend itself.
In July 2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was interested in buying Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multirole fighter jets
from Russia to enhance his country’s defense capabilities. “I have already sent a statement to the government of Russia
that we are ready to consider buying in the next few years Su-35 fighters to modernize and enhance our defense powers.”