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"During the talks, we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 jet fighters, which has been completed and tested, and received Russian Air Force’s certificate," he said at the Zhuhai Air Show.
Then the fighters will be upgraded to meet the customer’s requirements, the official said. If the need arises, Russia is ready to sign an additional contract to conduct design and experimental works, the official said.
It will take much time to upgrade aircraft before its supplies to the customer because any changes envisage additional flight proof cycles and firing of all types of weaponry. “Only flight tests of all types of missiles used by the Su-35 jet fighter require 1,000 flying hours. We can’t do this,” he said.
“The other thing is that the jet fighters are supplied to the Chinese party, the Sukhoi company will be ready to conduct the additional design and experimental work, complete software and introduce writing in aircraft equipment in Chinese,” the official said.
The Chinese city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, hosts a major international air show China 2014. More than 700 companies, almost half of them foreign, are participating in the air show. More than 120 jets and helicopters are put on display at static exposition. Russia presents around 300 exhibits of military products, including 21 life-size models.
The international air show is held once in two years since 1996. This year the air show will close on November 16.