Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chinese Su-35 Purchase Suggests Lack of Confidence in Local Defense Industry

The announcement on 19 November that China would buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 combat aircraft is being viewed as a clear signal that Beijing is still dependent on Russian-made hardware for its primary defence requirements.

The contract came after years of negotiations - and only after interventions by what has been described as "the highest levels within the Kremlin".

My bet the J-20 is delayed.  Given they just rolled out another prototype, the 8th, I'd say that's the case.

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