Chinese Air Force may be sold 24 new Russian Su-35 fighter. Russian side is not afraid of their probable copy
As told to «Vedomosti» a person close to the management of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, and the manager of the enterprise, producing components for military aircraft, between » Rosoboronexport » Defense Ministry and China reached an agreement on the main preparatory option agreement for the supply of new Su-35 fighters — their numbers. A couple of years the parties could not agree on the size of the party: Russian side insisted on 48, and the Chinese — to 4 machines. Now, according to the interlocutors «Vedomosti», agreed that China will deliver 24 aircraft.
Start certain negotiations may be given during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to China in late November, and the agreement — signed in the coming year or two deliveries after 2015 transaction price will exceed $ 1.5 billion, its conclusion will free hand to the contrary sludge remaining after in 2004, China has refused to continue the contract for licensed production of the Su-27 (out of 200 cars produced 105) and started making unlicensed copies based on the Su-27, says the manager. The representative of «Rosoboronexport» did not comment on this information, the representative of «Sukhoi» declined to comment.
Su-35, took off for the first time in 2008, is a profound modernization of the Su-27 with a redesigned airframe, a massive new radar «Irbis», a new engine and new 117C armament. Plane created by their own means «dry» involving loans Vnesheconombank. Tests with the role of the first cars arrived in the Air Force contract in 2009 to 48 fighters, last, other treaties, despite the progress in Venezuela, Vietnam and Indonesia, yet.
Chinese aircraft manufacturer AVIC hardly advertises their copies of the Su-27 for export, which may indicate significant technical difficulties, says expert at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Vasily Kashin. Because fear imminent Chinese copy is not worth more than that, given the worsening of relations between China and its neighbors, this may not be the last contract: purchase of Su-27 in the mid 90’s, too started with small batches, recalls the expert.