The Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E) (Image © Sukhoi Company)

Top of the shelf: China buys Su-35

China has become the first foreign country to buy Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker E, the most advanced version of the Flanker to date. Negotiations on the deal were ongoing for several years before a deal for 24 aircraft was finally signed recently. The contract is worth over 2 billion USD.

China’s weapons arsenal

The move is good news for financially strained Moscow and undesirable for Washington, which saw relations with Peking worsen recently. The Su-35s form a lethal addition to China’s already considerable weapons arsenal. The deal is one of the largest to be closed between Russia and China.

For a long time, Indonesia seemed the first likely export customer for the Su-35. An Indonesian deal doesn’t seem far away, though.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: The Sukhoi Su-35S, Flanker-E according to NATO (Image © Sukhoi Company)