ST. PETERSBURG, May 24. /TASS/. Russia built and delivered ten Su-35S multirole fighter jets to China in 2017 and plans to deliver ten more such aircraft this year, according to information on the display stand of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
"Four Su-35S fighters were built and transferred to China in 2016. Ten Su-35S aircraft were built and delivered to China in 2017 and ten Su-35S planes will be built and transferred to China in 2018," according to information on the company’s stand.
Russia signed the first export contract with China on the Su-35S super-maneuverable multirole fighter jets in 2015. The contract stipulates the delivery of 24 fighters worth about $2.5 billion.
The Su-35S 4++ generation supersonic fighter jet performed its debut flight on February 19, 2008. The warplane was developed on the basis of the Su-27 fighter jet. The Su-35S weighs 19 tonnes, has a service ceiling of 20,000 meters, develops a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h and has a crew of one pilot. It is armed with a 30mm air gun and carries up to 8 tonnes of combat load (missiles and air bombs of various types) on 12 external hardpoints. The Su-35S has been operational in the Russian Armed Forces since 2015.
SPIEF-2018 runs on May 24-26. The forum’s events will be held under the motto: "Creating the Economy of Trust." TASS news agency is acting as an information partner and the official photo hosting agency of SPIEF. TASS is also the operator of the zone of SPIEF’s presentations with the support of EY consulting company and the Advisory Council on Foreign Investments in Russia.