Deal Worth $ 2 Billion
China becomes the first foreign country to get Sukhoi Su-35
China is officially going to become the first foreign country to get 24 Russian made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets. According to Russian state news agency TASS,China and Russia have finally signed a contract estimated to be worth $ 2 billion in this regard and the purchasing price per aircraft is estimated at $83 to 85 million.
Sergey Chemezov – the director general of the Russian state holding Rostec confirmed the deal on 19 November. Moscow and Beijing have reportedly been in talks about the sale for three years, with Chinese media reporting in 2013 that the country had agreed to their purchase.
The 24 Su-35 fighter jets will be built at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association in Russia’s Far East. Citing a high-level official in the Khabarovsk Territory government TAAS reported that
Closed talks between representatives of China and Russia were held on 15 November in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. These negotiations were in progress for several years; the Chinese military was interested in Su-35 fighters and the possibility of putting them into service in China. The contract was concluded on purchasing 24 Su-35 fighters.
China had first expressed interest in the Sukhoi Su-35 during the China International & Aerospace Exhibition in 2008 with negotiations starting in 2011. A preliminary agreement over the purchase of the fighter jets was reached in 2012.
On its website, Sukhoi describes the Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) as an upgraded “fourth-generation” multirole fighter jet powered by two AL-117 S turbofan engines, which first flew as an experimental model in 2007, capable of delivering eight tonnes of ordnance.