"I will talk to [Russian] President Vladimir Putin to deliver at least 12 new [Sukhoi] Su [fighter jets] to Venezuela and replace the one lost [on Friday]," Maduro said as quoted by the Noticias24 news website.
On Friday, a Venezuelan Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed on the country's border with Columbia.
Avion su 30-mk2 Venezolano #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/EtNQXYuWh9— Roger Rivas (@RogerRivas21) December 5, 2014
The Venezuelan government also plans to sign a contract with China on military equipment delivery, the president added. The equipment will be used to fight drug trafficking, particularly from Colombia, according to him.
Sukhoi Su-30 cai na Venezuela http://t.co/x1avBawGII pic.twitter.com/sya6x1V8Ch— Alexandre Galante (@alexgalante) September 18, 2015
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multi-role fighter aircraft (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of 4+ generation developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.