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Russia inks contract with China on Su-35 deliveries

November 19, 2015, 8:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Thus, China has officially become the first foreign contractor of the Su-35 aircraft
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A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet during a demonstration flight at the 12th MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, Russia.

A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet during a demonstration flight at the 12th MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, Russia.

© Marina Lystseva/TASS

MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia and China have inked a contract on purchases of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, with an estimated sum of the deal topping $2bln, the Russian daily Kommersant said on Thursday citing defense sources.

"The protracted talks on Su-35 deliveries to China have ended," Director General of the Russian high-technology state corporation Rostec Sergey Chemezov told the daily. "We have signed the contract."

"China has officially become the first foreign contractor of the Su-35 aircraft. The contract has no precedents in the history of military aircraft deliveries," he said.

Until the deal, Russia was the only country whose Air Force is equipped with Su-35 fighter jets (NATO reporting name Flanker-E).

Russian aircraft factory to build 24 Su-35 fighters for Chinese Air Force

The Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association in Russia’s Far East, which is part of Sukhoi Company, Russia’s largest aircraft manufacturer, will produce 24 Su-35 fighters for the Chinese Air Force, a high-ranking official in the Khabarovsk Territory government told TASS on Thursday.

"Closed talks between representatives of China and Russia were held on Sunday 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," the source said, adding that this was the first foreign customer of the 4++ generation aircraft.

The government’s press service reported that Governor of Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport would comment on Thursday on the order to be fulfilled by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association.

The cost of one Su-35 fighter is estimated at $83-85 million, which means that the total value of the contract may reach $2 billion.

The Su-35 is a long-range 4++ generation fighter capable of flying a speed up to 2,500 kilometers per hour. Its flying range is 3,400 kilometers.

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