Russia has completed the deliveries of Sukhoi Su-35 generation 4++ fighter jets to China under a contract signed earlier, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS on Tuesday.

“In compliance with the contract, all the Su-35 planes have been delivered to the foreign customer,” the Federal Service said.

China has been the first foreign buyer of Russian Su-35 fighter aircraft. The contract worth about $2.5 billion on the deliveries of 24 fighter jets to China was signed in 2015. The contract also stipulates the delivery of ground equipment and reserve engines.

Indonesia is the second foreign buyer of Russian Su-35 fighter jets. Reports emerged in early 2018 that Russia had signed a contract with Indonesia on the delivery of 11 fighters.

Under the contract, Russia is due to deliver the first fighter jets to Indonesia this year. The fulfillment of the Indonesian contract ran across some difficulties related to US sanctions but a TASS source in military and diplomatic circles said these difficulties “are not critical” and should not affect the deliveries of fighter jets.

The Su-35S generation 4++ supersonic fighter jet performed its debut flight on February 19, 2008. The fighter jet is a derivative of the Su-27 plane.

The Su-35S weighs 19 tonnes, has a service ceiling of 20,000 meters, can develop a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h and has a crew of one pilot.

The fighter jet’s armament includes a 30mm aircraft gun, up to 8 tonnes of the weapon payload (missiles and bombs of various types) on 12 underwing hardpoints. The Su-35S has been in service with the Russian Army since 2015.

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  1. J-20 radar absorbent (RAM) coating sux :
    That’s why China wants to lay her hands on Su-35 and likely Su-57 : to copy baked-in RAM 😉

    If I understood well, Taipei is upgrading her F-16A/B fleet to the F-16V standard rather than purchasing aircraft. Gosh, these old cow airframes must be worn out. No surprise they seek a SLEP (service life extension program)
    Some analysts consider this may not happen and is only used by Trump to pressure China on trade deals, says Bloomberg.

    Taiwan should better purchase Rafale, thus, if the French still want to deal with Taipei who was somewhat pretty abusive on some clauses with the Frigates and the Mirage-2000, ending with head-banging legal imbroglios following.
    Nevertheless, when an Indian customised (with Israeli systems) MiG-21 Bison recently shooting down F-16 while Mirage-2000 has also shot down F-16 in the past, added to all AIM-120C AMRAAM used by F-16 having missed Indian Su-30s, in the place of Taipei, I wouldn’t be confident about the use of F-16…
    As for China, I wouldn’t be so confident with the Flankers too : after all, no Flanker has ever shot down a western made fighter-jet and they’re around for about 4 decades… ????.

    Here’s what happens when F-22 fücks with Rafale

    Nevertheless, former president Chen Shui-bian tried to ink a Rafale contract, but the project died when he left office.
    They just inked a Mirage-2000 upgrade contract last September.

    In order to deal with the about 2,100 Chinese fighter-jets, especially since China is replacing her old cows by modern aircraft, the wiser way would be considering the purchase of 200 Rafales to replace the ageing 55 Mirage-2000 and 140 F-16, not speaking about the geriatric 55 F-5 Tiger…

    Then let’s consider this :
    Now let’s consider such racks made for Meteor :–gcuNMmLi–/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/1427441622976745031.png

    With 6 racks (2 central-belly, 2 inner and 2 mid-wing) each carrying 5 Meteors, the outerwing one very likely able to carry 2 Meteors (190kg each), maybe 2 added w. a MICA-IR, or 2 MICA-IR + 1 Meteor, without forgetting the 2 lateral-belly Meteors and the 2 wingtip MICA-IR…
    Well… A single Rafale has the potential to take out at least a full squadron of 18 per flight if we’re pessimistic… If we’re optimistic, 2 squadrons may kiss the ground…
    If you have to deal with an air force with 2100-2200 fighter-jets, not counting those remaining in storage, you need force multipliers.
    Taipei should also consider the capability to operate from portions of road as short as 500-600m : with the shïtload of ballistic missiles China has, their what? 6 airbases? Would soon have their runways looking like Swiss cheese… A different approach is necessary…

    Taipei would surely be inspired to fit Rafale’s RBE2/AESA radar and OSF-IT on their F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, a kind of mini-Hornet, even if they already upgraded with the AN/APG-67 : being able to target fighter-jet sized objects at more than 200km is more than valuable, especially the OSF-IT 2nd gen QWIP against stealth object. Ching-kuo could surely take profit from the standalone active-stealth module Thales dev’d for Indian Tejas. Note that Plasma-stealth will soon be available.

    RBE2 allowing the EZ integration of Meteor, 4x racks w. 4-5 Meteors + 2 missiles under outer-wing pylons while using the conformal tanks would really allow this little aircraft to become really bad-a$$.
    With Ching-kuo affected to the inner-circle air defence+air-policing while Rafale being affected to the outer-circle air defence+deep-strikes, then Taipei is likely to be able to bounce a commie invasion.

    The very good point with Rafale being it now also accepts Indian, Russian and Israeli weapons and since Dassault/Safran/Thales are setting up factories in India and India is user, if ever there are Chinese soft-power pressures on USA, EU or France way work, bypassing these through India will be definitively OK to snub China, so even in case of rejection, secretly retro-buying EU-made missiles from India is very feasible : India is not into accepting some US vetting clauses for resale. Note that the huge Mach3/600km range BrahMos anti-ship missile is now available for Rafale.

    Upgraded F-16 and Mirage-2000 will make it until what? 2030-2032?
    If DRAL (Dassault+Reliance) dedicates 1 assembly line in India, production will be 18 units a year, deliveries starting 3-4 years after the order since it’s the time needed to build the assembly line and build the 1st batch of aircraft

    Once the deliveries start, I’d consider first specialising the F-16+M-2000 for maritime+ground strike roles and retire some under cocoon to prevent risks of attrition or replacement in case of units shot down.

    IMHO, keeping these would be very important, as the use as coastal batteries, to carry anti-ships missiles…
    Having several Stradivarius radars would be necessary for coastal defence : As of 2018, Chinese navy operates over 496 combat ships and 232 various auxiliary vessels with 255,000 strong seamen. Chinese Navy also employ more than 710 naval aircraft including fighters, bombers and electronic warfare aircraft. China has large amount of artillery, torpedoes, and missiles as their combat assets

    I’d highly recommand procuring the Apache cruise missile in numbers in order to take out PLAF air-bases, what is of primary importance are AWACS, refuellers, cargo aircraft, bombers, radar bases, communication centers, SAM batteries, even if fighter-jets may not be neglected.
    Taiwan must stay very attentive and be ready for a pre-empive strike, 6 Days War style.
    A good strategy would be to have many small and very fast AIP submarines each with a dozen torpedoes stacked into external cannisters.

    Taiwan is a very interesting case since except they’re an island, their strategic case is similar to Israel. They’re pretty small sized (36,000km²), totally outnumbered by their main enemy (23M population vs. 1.4B) and very high tech.
    Taiwan must really consider having the 3 types of WMDs, maintain a politic of nuclear ambiguity, have a fully armed population, US style and act extremely aggressive on any provocation with a totally disproportionate response, even in cases where China uses some country to attack their trade partners e.g. Taiwan should have sent submarines to pressure Sudan by mining ports, sinking vessels and exert a naval blockade when Sudan attacked Eritrea on the behalf of China, eventually even using sub-launched SAMs to shoot down Chinese cargo-aircraft and SLCM against cargo ships delivering weapons to the regime without “signing”. PRC likes to play dirty, Taiwan can play it mean and nasty, even reclaiming PRC territories and as soon there are nukes, make it clear there will never be reunification unless PRC… surrenders to the Republic, even contest PRC’s legality towards UN charter since Mao did a coup on the Republic and Taiwan is the only legitimate China (which is true!).