The Conundrum of China Paying USD2 Billion for 24 Russian Su-35sPosted: October 14, 2016
Russian Sputnik website says in its report that Russian military expert Vasiliy Kashin believes that China buys 24 Su-35s mainly for in-depth tests to study Su-35’s performance.
Russia wanted China to buy 48 Su-35s but China only wanted 2. Through 5 years prolonged hard negotiations, China and Russia finally concluded a purchase contract for 24 Su-35s at US$2 billion without transfer of any technology. That is quite expensive. However, China has made Russia agree to have some Chinese components installed in the Su-35s it provides China with. As a result, Chinese aircraft producer may take part in some parts of the manufacture processes of the fighter jets.
That proves that China buys 24 Su-35s mainly for in-depth tests to study its performance in order to facilitate accurate decisions on the direction of development of its J-11 heavy fighter, J-15 carrier-based fighter and J-16 fighter/bomber.
Note: For such study, 2 are enough. Paying $2 billion for 24, in which only 2 are needed, shows the abundance of fund Chinese military has. China does not grudge the expense in satisfying its urgent needs for military modernization. Perhaps, China did that also to help Russia who is hard up due to Western sanctions.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Bear the secret of China’s purpose in buying S-35s: To study its performance in order to facilitate development of China’s homegrown fighter jets” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)