Su-35 fighter jets was delivered to China
- April 17, 2019
Russia has completed the delivery of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ multirole fighter aircrafts to the China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
China was signed a $2.5 billion contract on the deliveries of 24 fighter jets in 2015. The contract also stipulates the delivery of ground equipment and reserve engines.
China has been the first foreign buyer of Russian Su-35 fighter aircraft.
The Su-35S generation 4++ supersonic fighter jet performed its debut flight on February 19, 2008. The fighter jet is a derivative of the Su-27 plane. The Su-35S weighs 19 tonnes, has a service ceiling of 20,000 meters, can develop a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h and has a crew of one pilot. The fighter jet’s armament includes a 30mm aircraft gun, up to 8 tonnes of the weapon payload (missiles and bombs of various types) on 12 underwing hardpoints. The Su-35S has been in service with the Russian Army since 2015.