China’s Su-35S fully op­er­a­tional

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

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.

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