«Rosoboronexport» China and the Ministry of Defence for the previously agreed on delivery Beijing 24 Russian Su-35 fighters. On Tuesday November 20 the newspaper «Vedomosti» citing a source close to the management of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) as manager of the business, producing aircraft components.
According to the newspaper, the negotiations on the follow criteria deliveries may take place during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to China in late November. The contract itself may be signed in the coming year or two. Delivery may also be started after 2015. Estimated price of the contract will exceed a half billion dollars. Representatives of the «Rosoboronexport» and the company «Sukhoi» comment «Vedomosti» refused.
In March 2012, a source of «Kommersant» in the Russian military-industrial complex (MIC) argued that our homeland has persuaded China to buy 48 aircraft. Later it was reported that the conditions on the amount of aircraft deliveries parties have failed.
China, in turn, wanted to get from Russia only four Su-35. But the Russian side of the sale such number of aircraft called economically unprofitable, including fears that China will copy the fighters. So, in 2004, Beijing has violated an agreement with Russia for the licensed production of 200 Su-27 fighters. Releasing only 105 planes, China switched to build their clones — J-11 fighters.
Functional Su-35 is a deep modernization of the Su-27 and belongs to a generation 4 + +. Plane can reach speeds of up to 2.5 thousand kilometers per hour and can overcome to 3.4 thousand kilometers. Combat radius machine achieves 1.6 thousand kilometers. In service with the Su-35 costs 30-millimeter cannon. Missiles and bombs of various types are mounted on 12 hardpoints.
Russian Air Force should get 48 Su-35 fighters by 2015. November first reported plans «Sukhoi» bring on the plane air show in Zhuhai, China in 2014.