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Russia agrees to sell attack helicopters to Sudan: report


August 19, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – Sudan and Russia sealed two agreements since 2011 for the sale of two dozen Mi-24 attack helicopters and 14 MI-8 transport helicopters, a Russian newspaper reported today.

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Russian-manufactured MI-24 helicopter (Daily Telegraph)

The first batch of the shipment was delivered in 2012 in accordance with a contract between two countries a year earlier and the second one was scheduled for delivery this year per a second agreement, Vedomosti business daily quoted two aviation sources as saying.

An analyst surveyed by Vedomosti put the value of the contract to be between $150-$200 million which includes maintenance and certain upgrades to the helicopters.

But conditions were attached by Russia to the sale including not using it in Sudan’s restive region of Darfur per United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions banning military flights there.

Russia has already informed the UN Sanctions Committee about the pending sale in a letter sent last February, Vedomosti said.

It is not illegal to supply weapons to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, but states are required to have so-called "end-use" guarantees from the Sudanese government that the arms will not end up in Darfur.

But rights groups assert that Sudan routinely uses weapons sold by Russia, China and Belarus in Darfur.

In a related issue, a source close to Russia’s agency for defense sales known as Rosoboronexport, said that Sudan is also negotiating the purchase of 18 former Indian Su-30K fighters that are stored in an aircraft repair plant in Belarus.


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  • 20 August 2013 09:00, by Robot

    They can’t be used in restive region of Darfur!!!!! but they can be used at the border with South Sudan. well, SPLA did commendably when they shot down the jackass Russian pilots when supplying Yauyau.... pathetic, don’t South Sudan hv somewhere to buy as well???.

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    • 20 August 2013 09:02, by Robot

      maybe as per the CPA we (South Sudan) were not allowed to acquire weapons but i hope this time we will be able to do so.

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  • 20 August 2013 09:43, by Joseph Canada

    Sudanese people are crying for food shortage and the price hike. Soldiers are underpaid. They want to share their debt with South Sudan meanwhile they are buying choppers? wow. And on the other side Mr. cow boy promised the anti-aircraft and never being bought. Whats wrong with ROSS. Govt? people are killed in the Boarders and the land is being demarcated to the North. Wake up ROSS!

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    • 21 August 2013 01:21, by dude

      We are from Dinka Bar Alghazal and we do not care about buying any helicopters for defence. We will use the oil money to feed our children. We have already sold Abyei to Arabs and Heglig. Please leave us a lone. We got our independence already’ there is no need to go back to war with Sudan when we have the money and our president is doing a good job for us.

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  • 20 August 2013 13:01, by Marco Bul

    Only $150/200 million can buy 38 fighter jets( 2 dozens+14) while individuals in S.Sudan consume $4 billion!! Is this country run by sojourners?????

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    • 20 August 2013 15:14, by Northern Sudanese

      Marco Bul
      $150-$200 is just the helicopters which are in total
      16 mi-8 and 24 mi-24 (excluding other costs of spare parts , training and maintenance)
      the su 30 cost $34 million each but russia offers them to us for an estimated $270 million

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  • 20 August 2013 15:17, by Northern Sudanese

    This is good news specially the helicopters which are perfect for transport and rebels and now sudans air force is 2nd in sub saharan africa and 5th in the continent
    about the su 30 , I always wanted them for the Sudanese air force. having su 30’s and mig 29’s together are near ALgerias level of air power. but I don’t trust those in belarus + without effective radar systems......

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    • 20 August 2013 15:20, by Northern Sudanese

      these jets are easy targets for the jews in Israel. take those previous bombings, during all those times our mig 29’s were ready and operational. I understand the weapons market is techinically closed to us thanks to US sanctions, but still we really need them. looking forward to see these jets in our 2014 military parade like we saw the new mig 29’s in 2009 parade :)

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    • 20 August 2013 15:32, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      These a few helicopters to Sudan are nothing. Israel is beating Arabs not because the have good guns only, but they have brave men. There are no men in Sudan to use these helicopters. Some of them will be easy destroyed because pilots will be Russian who do not know anything about Sudan. Do you know all pilots in Sudan are foreigners, why ?

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      • 20 August 2013 15:56, by Northern Sudanese

        South South
        there is no need to use agressive language really. am really not into this anymore and you and your people can rest assured that these weapons will be used for the defence of sudan only and not to attack you or anyone. Sudanese are some of the bravest in the world and history has proven this. who told you pilots are russian anyway?

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        • 20 August 2013 20:08, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          All world know that most of the pilots in Sudan are Russians. This is not something new, why ? I think for two reasons:
          1- Sudanese pilots do not know how to fly Russian war planes. 2- Sudanese government does not trust Sudanese pilots. The second one has been reported as the main reason. Please know your country very well.

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          • 20 August 2013 20:55, by Northern Sudanese

            South South
            I don’t know what world your talking about but Sudanese pilots are who fly those planes. those russians must be flying UN planes like the ones you shoot down in South Sudan. The Sudanese air force has training aircrafts such as the K-8 which are there to train Sudanese pilots. K-8’s are imported from China. we only get spare parts from russia.

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          • 20 August 2013 21:01, by Northern Sudanese

            South South
            why are you so worried anyway? as long as you respect international boundaries then there no reason for fear.

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        • 20 August 2013 20:13, by Kalo

          North Sudan,we will short them down all if they are brought to Sudan,just wait and see what will happen,warplanes alone cannot fight,it is the heart that can fight.
          The son of Nuba.

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          • 20 August 2013 20:58, by Northern Sudanese

            Kalo or son of Nuba
            those planes are for the benefit of your country, I don’t understand how shooting them down would make you happy. as far as I remember SRF rebels claim to be fighting to save sudan and develop sudan to reach the 1st world and benefit from its resources. the best for all of us is peace. think about peace instead of dreams.

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          • 20 August 2013 21:03, by Northern Sudanese

            in case you happen to be a south sudanese, rest assured they won’t be harming you as long as you respect international boundaries :)

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            • 21 August 2013 20:23, by Kalo

              Northern Sudan,you said good word but i am not in South Sudan,i am inside South Kordofan,the reasons why i said that,NCP used that for killing the civilians.
              The son of Nuba

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      • 20 August 2013 17:40, by miguele

        a sad story indeed

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