China’s Su-35S fully operational
According to authoritative reports, the Su-35S multi-role fighter is now “fully operational” with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). China had ordered 24 Su-35S fighters in November 2015 at a cost of around $2bn, deliveries to the PLAAF beginning December 2016. The first four examples in the initial batch flew from their factory airfield at Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a PLAAF training base at Cangzhou, 112 miles (180 km) south of Beijing, carrying on to Suixi, home of the 6th Brigade, which is assigned to the strategically important Southern Theatre Command. Five more Su-35s were delivered in March 2017 and another five followed in December.