However, the official emphasized that it is “too early” to tell whether both countries will reach an agreement.
Previous reports indicated that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov revealed that the two countries are in talks on the supply of Su-35 fighter jets.
Pakistan is negotiating a deal to purchase Sukhoi-35 ‘Flanker E’ fighter jets from Russia, which is expected to be the largest defense deal between the two countries, according to IHS Jane’s.
A senior Pakistani government official confirmed the discussions between Pakistan and Russia regarding the supply of Su-35 fighter jets.
According to the Pakistani official, they are interested in the Su-35 fighter jets because the country’s Air Force needs a twin-engine fighter with the capacity to fly longer range than the JF-17 and to penetrate deeply into the enemy’s territory.
Pakistan’s Air Force has a mixed fleet of Lockheed Martin F16 Dassault Mirage-5s, Chinese-manufactured F-7s, and the JF-17 Thunder.
China and Pakistan partnered in producing the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet. considers Pakistan as an unreliable partner in fighting terrorist groups.Pakistan has been strengthening its relationship with Russia while facing increasing tensions with the United States regarding its efforts to fight the Islamic militants in the region. Pakistan recently agreed to purchase Mi-35 “Hinde E” attack helicopters from Russia.