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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

….Jets to China

"Russia has completed the delivery of 24 Sukhoi Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) multirole fighter aircraft destined for service in the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) told local media on April 16.

"In compliance with the contract, all the Su-35 planes have been delivered to the foreign customer," FSVTS was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. A FSVTS official also confirmed the delivery of the fighter aircraft to China in a statement to IHS Jane's on April 16. The official did not reveal when the last batch of aircraft was delivered…."
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28mm Fanatik19 Apr 2019 1:34 p.m. PST

Now China will take some of them apart in order to reverse-engineer and produce their own unlicensed copies. They will focus on the engines in particular, no doubt.

Maybe I'll add this nice 1/72 HM diecast finished display model to my collection:

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 8:32 p.m. PST

Yep, that was the holdup issue on the sale, for quite some time.

Hope they remembered to swap out the high-tech engines for older, much lower rated ones.

Seems the Chinese are having a devil of a time reverse-engineering the ones they've gotten access to thus far.

Lion in the Stars19 Apr 2019 11:52 p.m. PST

Yeah, the Chinese are not doing well on reverse-engineering high performance jet engines. Their copies of the Russian engines seem to have about 1/10 the lifespan before they need to be pulled out and worked on, and the US engines have about 10x the lifespan of a Russian engine.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

I'm sure Boeing will be able to help them out with that, much to my objection.

StarCruiser21 Apr 2019 10:11 a.m. PST

The engine life thing might have something to do with this:

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Lion in the Stars21 Apr 2019 8:02 p.m. PST

Wouldn't surprise me, Starcruiser.

Gaz004523 Apr 2019 4:30 a.m. PST

No doubt the French will offer up some drop in jet engines sooner or later…….

Lion in the Stars23 Apr 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

Unlikely, they don't have anything in the same dimensions or power class.

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