Russia completed the delivery of the last batch of five Sukhoi Su-35 multirole air superiority fighter jets to China last month, with Washington slapping Beijing with sanctions over its purchase of Russian military hardware, including the Su-35’s.
China Central Television has released footage of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s using its new Su-35 fighters, showing the planes taking off, flying in formation, engaging in breakneck maneuvers and attacking mock targets.
China purchased two dozen Su-35 fighters from Russia for $2.5 billion in late 2015, with delivery of the planes completed in November, 2018.
China became the first foreign customer of the Russian 4++ generation fighter, and has already been seen deploying its Su-35s on patrol missions in the South China Sea.
The aircraft are now based with the Sixth Aviation Brigade in Suji, Guangdong province, southeastern China.
CCTV / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.