The broadcaster said that Iran had also inquired about buying military aircraft from several other unnamed countries. Russia is yet to confirm the deal from its side.

Reports from last December said that Russia has agreed to supply Iran with 24 Su-35s which were originally built for Egypt as a part of a deal that was thwarted by the United States.

In January, Iranian Parliament member Shahriar Heidari said that Russia will deliver the first batch of fighter jets early next Iranian year, which starts on March 21. At the time, the semi-official Tasnim News Agency speculated that some of the Su-35s will be housed at Tactical Air Base 8 of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), which is located near the central city of Isfahan.

The Su-35 was designed to engage all types of aerial targets in long and close ranged air battles as well as to attack ground and sea-surface targets including those covered by air defenses and located far behind the frontline. It can carry a variety of advanced weapons, including the R-37 long-range, hypersonic air-to-air missile and the Kh-59 long-range land-attack cruise missile.

The fighter jet will be a major boost for the IRIAF, which is currently relying on American F-4, F-5 and F-14 fighter jets made in the 1970s which were left from the period before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran Confirms Su-35 Fighter Jets Deal With Russia

Russian-Iranian military cooperation grew significantly in the last few years. Washington claims that Tehrna supplied Moscow with hundreds of suicide and combat drones in the last few months for use in the ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.

The Su-35 deal will likely lead to tensions between Russia and Israel. Tel Aviv will likely consider it a violation of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement.