China purchases 24 SU-35
China is continuing to build up its arsenal. With tensions rising in Korea, this maybe the second bad news of the week as China has agreed to buy two dozen fighter jets and four submarines from Russia. This is one of the largest weapon purchase in years. China will buy 24 Sukhoi SU-35, and 4 submarines. The deal comes as Beijing expands its military reach — it commissioned its first aircraft carrier last year — and is embroiled in a bitter territorial row with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea. The Su-35 fighters can effectively reduce pressure on China’s air defence before Chinese-made stealth fighters come online. This should be a first of a long lasting cooperation between both countries as China and Russia are expected to work together to develop a long range anti aircraft missile, engines, transport aircrafts and aerial tankers. So there is a lot going on with both countries. And at a time when tensions are rising in northern Asia, it does not necessarily mean good news.
The SU-35 is a single-seat, twin-engine supermaneuverable multirole jet fighter. It is a derivative of the Su-27 ‘Flanker’, and was initially known as the Su-27M. More than a dozen of these were built with some used by the Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration team. In the 1980s, Sukhoi was looking to upgrade its high-performance Su-27. The resultant Su-27M (later re-designated Su-35) embodies aerodynamic refinements to give it more maneuverability, greatly enhanced avionics, longer range, and a more powerful engine. The first prototype, converted from a Su-27, made its maiden flight in June 1988. The Su-35 was later modified into the Su-37 with thrust-vectoring engines. In the 2000s, Sukhoi further developed the aircraft with the Su-35BM, which it classifies as a 4++ generation fighter. Serial production on the new model, designated Su-35S by theRussian Air Force, began in 2010. The Su-35 has been offered to many countries, including India, Brazil, China and South Korea.