Well, not really Tom Clancy but Larry Bond. Remember Mr. Bond’s 1989 book Red Phoenix? In the book, the North Koreans have advanced weaponry like KILO-class submarines and FULCRUM fighters flown by Russians. Looks like the Jonger wants to make it a reality. According to the Chosun Ilbo:
It is rare that an Air Force chief accompanies Kim on an overseas trip. “This is decisive proof that one of the goals of Kim Jong-il’s visit was to buy new fighter jets from Russia,” a source familiar with North Korean affairs said.
What an interesting scenario; norK Sukhoi’s up against ROK F-15K’s. But it looks like the Jonger will be “shot down”…again;
Visiting China in May, Kim also asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to sell him up-to-date J-10 and J-11 stealth fighters, only to be rejected again.