November 19, 2015-
RG.ru translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear
Russia and China have signed an agreement to manufacture and sell 24 of the Russian multipurpose Su-35 jet fighters to the PRC. Those fighters for the Chinese air force will be manufactured at Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant named after Gagarin - said the Governor of Khabarovsk region Vyacheslav Shport.
According to him, last Sunday the delegation from China headed by Deputy Chairman of the Central military Commission of the PRC Colonel General Xui Qiliang visited the aircraft factory. After negotiations the Chinese delegation flew to Moscow, where on November 17, a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was held by the Chinese General "The result was a contract to supply China with 24 Su-35s’, together with the order from the Russian Air force this provides the enterprise with jobs for decades to come," said the head of the region, adding that a specific timetable and delivery schedule will be specified in the additional agreement.
Earlier, a senior official in the government of the Khabarovsk Region told TASS that the negotiations lasted for several years. RIA Novosti, in turn, published a review of the Director of the international cooperation and regional policy of the Corporation "Rostech" Victor Kladov. According to him, as in the case of delivery of anti-aircraft S-400 missile systems, China became the first state with which Russia has concluded a contract to supply newest Su-35 jet fighters. "This is certainly the political choice of Russia, which reflects the depth of our strategic partnership", - said the representative of the state-owned corporation.
In addition to China, Brazil and Indonesia are showing their interest in the Su-35 at the moment.
It is worth recalling that in May 2015 the Pentagon has issued a report which did not rule out the purchase of Russian Su-35 by China. "To further reinforce their tactical air forces, China is likely to purchase Russia's Su-35, equipped with IRBIS advanced radar control system ", - was stated in the report.
According to the authors of the report, the Chinese troops will get this aircraft in 2018.
The contract’s worth has not been yet officially published. It is known that the cost of one Su-35 is estimated at 83 to 85 million dollars, the contract amount is approximately $ 2 billion.
A tip from "RG"
The Su-35 belongs to the 4++ generation of long range multifunctional fighter jets. The aircraft is capable of reaching speeds up to 2.5 thousand km/h, flight range is 3.4 thousand km, combat radius - about 1.6 thousand km fighter Armed with 30-millimeter cannon and has 12 hardpoints for attachment of weapons, including missiles and bombs.
The assembly of the first prototype su-35 was completed in the summer of 2007, after which the aircraft was presented at MAKS-2007. At present, several Su-35’s carry out the combat missions to destroy the terrorists objectives in Syria.