Russia to Sell Advanced Su-35 Fighter Jets to China


Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport has said it is ready to hold talks with China for the sale of advanced Su-35 fighter aircraft to the Chinese Air Force.

Rosoboronexport deputy general director Alexander Mikheyev made the announcement during the China 2010 AirShow.

Powered by two 117S engines with thrust vectoring, each Su-35 Flanker-E costs around $50m.

The fourth-generation Su-35 aircraft combines high manoeuvrability and capability to engage several air targets simultaneously using guided and unguided missiles and weapon systems.

Sukhoi previously said that it planned to begin delivery of the new aircraft to foreign clients in 2011 and produce Su-35s over a period of ten years up to 2020, according to RIA Novosti.

The company plans to begin production of Su-35 multirole fighters by the end of 2010, and expects to deliver the first 48 aircraft to the Russian Air Force between 2010 and 2015.