Sunday, December 16, 2012

China to buy Su-35s?

Neelam Mathews
Dec 16, 2012
China might purchase 24 Su-35s, an updated version of the fourth generation Su-27, for $1.5 billion, repords scmp. It says the deal was first proposed by Moscow two years ago. The deal "indicates the technological hurdles China faces in developing its own J-20, especially in terms of engine technology, military analysts say," says the publication.The aircraft could be equipped with NPO Saturn's 117S engine. 
Moscow's Vedomosti business daily quoted an official who said China was initially interested in purchasing only four Su-35s  but that was rejected by Russia that was expecting to sell 48.  It is believed China was asked to sign an agreement that stated the aircraft would not be copied! President of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Mikhail Pogosyan was quoted in November saying: "The Chinese are showing interest in this jet. But we have agreements that we disclose information only upon reaching actual agreements... Russia is going to present a prototype of the Su-35 at the air show in China in 2014 "I think in 2014 we will demonstrate state-of-the-art combat in a demonstration flight at the Zhuhai exhibition."

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