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Su-35 (Su-27M) - International Sales

On the world fighter market Russias Sukhoi is pinning its hopes, in the near future, on a substantially modernized Su-35 multi-role fighter. The model must be an interim type between todays Su-30MK in various configurations and a prospective fifth-generation fighter, whose deliveries may start in the second half of the next decade. The Su-35 is a 4++ generation aircraft employing technologies of the fifth generation. They make it superior to all other 4th generation fighters now under development worldwide. In 2009-2015, thanks to these technologies, the Su-35 will dominate the world market, outperforming other proposed multi-role fighters.

The Su-35, currently the Russian Air Force's most advanced fighter, first caught the eye of buyers and the public at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, where pilots displayed the aircraft's impressive acrobatic capabilities, including the Pugachev Cobra maneuver. Negotiations for the export of the Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet are coming to fruition, with orders from buyers in South American and Asian countries expected to be agreed upon in the near future, sources close to talks on the export of the aircraft have told military correspondent Ilya Kramnik in July 2015.

Potential buyers include Pakistan and Brazil, with Kramnik also referring to figures from manufacturer Polet, which makes parts for the Su-35, showing increased production of its onboard system in order to fulfil orders for a total of 60 aircraft from Vietnam, Venezuela and Indonesia.

The sticking point between the Russian and Chinese negotiators over the size of the order is nearing a resolution, and expects a compromise order of 24 fighters for China's Air Force. Russian negotiators, originally seeking to export a larger order of 48 planes, are also negotiating safeguards in the event that China makes a copy of its plane, as was the case with its Su-27 fighter jet, which was copied by the Chinese J-11 jet.

Russias state technologies corporation Rostec head Sergey Chemezov said 09 November 2015 that the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil were interested in the purchase of Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters. "There is high interest for the jet, but no strict contracts have been [signed] yet. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil are interested in it," Chemezov told reporters.

Given the interest of a number of other countries, the Su-35 is quite likely to adopt the banner of the best-selling heavy fighter on the planet from the Su-30, although it is unlikely to be compared to the number of aircraft delivered to foreign customers with this machine, given the titanic scale of their purchase by India (272 contracted Su-30MKI without taking into account possible additional purchases and upgrades available).

The next buyers of the Su-35 are expected to be Algeria, which already has several dozen Su-30MKI (A) fighters as part of the Air Force, and Iran, where the restrictions on the supply of a number of weapons systems to this country expire in 2020. In addition, Pakistan is showing interest in the Su-35, which is understandable, given that it is the only truly modern heavy multipurpose fighter that Pakistan can get without serious political problems. Delivery of the first Su-35 to Indonesia may begin as early as the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.


In early 2016 Algeria requested one Su-35S for testing at the Tamanrasset site to check the handling characteristics of the machine, the possibility of radar equipment and weapons. The Algerian pilots tried out a sample and made a pre-contract, and were expected to start negotiations on the purchase of not less than ten of these fighters. A solid contract for a number of aircraft was valued at approximately $ 850-900 million.

The National People's Army (ANP) has reportedly ordered 18 Generation 4 + Su-35s. This was announced on 22 August 2018, the Algerian site Menadefense military information. Contacted by Sputnik, the Algerian embassy in Moscow refused to comment on this information.According to the media, Vladimir Mikheev, President of the Russian company Rosoboronexport, alluded to this August 21, when the Army 2018 show opened. "Sukhoi now has a third customer for its fighter Su- 35, said the Russian official.

"Without naming it for contractual reasons, this customer would be Algeria, which has been exploring the Su-35 track for a decade," said Menadefense. Referring to the reasons that might have motivated this new order from the PNA, the site pointed out that "according to our proprietary information, this would be an emergency command made by the Department of National Defense to replace the MiG interceptors. -25, which will be withdrawn from service at the end of the current year. "The order is turning around 18 aircraft and the start of deliveries is expected between late 2018 and early 2019," he added.

Menadefense emphasizes that "the Algerian version, named Su-35 Dz, will be similar to that of the Indonesian model," adding that the ANP was conducting further negotiations with its Russian partner for "the purchase of Su-34 or a specific version of the Su-32". According to the same source, these interceptors are destined for the Command of the Air Defense Forces of the Territory (CFDAT). As for the offensive air forces, they "would still be negotiating for [another batch, note] of Su-35," she said.


Egypt became the third country to conclude a firm contract for the Su-35: before this machine was taken in China and Indonesia, while American sanctions were applied to China for this contract .under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions). Their goal this time was the equipment development department of the Chinese army of the Central Military Council of the PRC and its head, Li Shanfu.

The former Minister of Defense al-Sisi, who replaced Mohammed Morsi at the head of state, very quickly realized the real need of the army for massive rearmament. Already in 2014, Moscow and Cairo signed a package of arms contracts. In 2015 the first reports appeared regarding Egypt's readiness to acquire the Su-35: local media (for example, the El Watan newspaper) reported that Egypt would buy 12 such aircraft from Russia, since they surpass in their technical characteristics and combat capabilities any of the existing currently in the world of fighters , including the American F-35 and F-22.

Since about that time, the parties with varying degrees of intensity had been negotiating on the Su-35, but the real progress occurred after the use of these fighters during Russia's operation in Syria, said one of Kommersant's military interlocutors: Egypt was interested in fighters capable of not only to replace the physically aging Soviet MiG-21 and their Chinese derivatives J-7 (for this task, the MiG-29M / M2 were purchased).

According to preliminary publications, Russia and Egypt signed an agreement for the supply of several dozen Su-35 fighter jets. According to them, the relevant agreement, which implies the supply of over two dozen machines and aviation aids to them in the amount of about $2 billion, entered into force at the end of 2018. The interlocutors of "Kommersant" stressed that the contract "guarantees the loading of the capacity of the manufacturer of the machine - the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant - for a couple of years ahead." With all this, one of the interlocutors said that the industrial facilities of the institution will allow in the next two years to make about 20 more such machines for the Russian Federation videoconferencing machine.

Kommersant newspaper wrote on 18 March 2019 that Russia and Egypt had signed a contract for the supply of Su-35 fighters to Cairo. According to newspaper sources, the relevant agreement, which implies the supply of over 20 aircraft and weapons for them worth some $2 billion, came into force at the end of 2018, and the deliveries may begin already in 20202021.

Together with the MiG-29M / M2 medium fighters supplied to Egypt, they should in the coming years significantly increase the combat potential of the Egyptian Air Force fleet, which are still armed with the outdated Soviet MiG-21 and Chinese J-7. The contract itself confirmed Egypt's status as one of the largest buyers of Russian weapons.

Two top managers of defense industry enterprises told Kommersant that Egypt had signed an agreement for the supply of Su-35 fighters. According to them, the corresponding agreement, which implies the supply of "over two dozen vehicles", entered into force at the end of 2018, and the deliveries themselves may begin as early as 2020-2021. Kommersant's interlocutors noted that the contract "guarantees the utilization of the capacities of the vehicle manufacturer, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant, for several years in advance." At the same time, one of the interlocutors of Kommersant emphasized that the production capabilities of the factory line allow the enterprise to easily manufacture about 20 more such machines in 2019-2020 for the needs of the Russian aerospace forces.

Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper sent a letter to Egypts defense minister 26 March 2019 urging him to cancel a deal to buy Su-35 fighters from Russia. Russia and Egypt did not sign contracts for aircraft supply in the second half of 2018, Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik 19 March 2019. "Contracts for the supply of aircraft equipment to the Arab Republic of Egypt were not signed in the second half of 2018," the FSMTC said.

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Four Su-35 fighters with camouflage characteristic of the Egyptian MiG-29M / M2 were seen 24 June 2020 on the territory of the aircraft plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The aircraft were presumably prepared for shipment to Egypt under the existing contract. , the Egyptian MiGs have a similar camo.


In the case of the Indonesian contract, the possibility of applying American sanctions was also discussed for a long time, but in the end, the country's leaders did not cancel the deal: it is expected that Jakarta will receive the first cars in late 2019 - early 2020.

Indonesia intends to purchase from Russia eight new Su-35 multirole air superiority fighters, later their number could increase to 16, Indonesia's ambassador to Russia Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi told Sputnik in an 04 august 2017 interview. Russia and Indonesia had been negotiating over the past two years the supply of a batch of Su-35 modern fighters. As Rostec State Corporation Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department Viktor Kladov earlier told Sputnik, Moscow and Jakarta had reached principled decisions on the purchase of the aircraft.

Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita expressed hope for prompt completion of talks with the Russian side on the purchase of Su-35 fighters. "[The final agreement will be ready] as soon as possible, cross your fingers. There are some documents that have to be finalized for both countries, the seller and the buyer. And also some technical details that both of them have to solve to finalize. It depends on Russia and also the minister of Defense. Only technical details [are left to solve], it's done already actually," Lukita told reporters at a Russian-Indonesian business forum in Moscow.

In June 2018, Indonesian Ambassador Supriyadi said that Indonesia had signed a contract with Russia to purchase 11 new Sukhoi aircraft, calling the deal "very large." According to the Indonesian Trade Ministry, the contract is worth $1,154 billion and stipulates that Russia will purchase Indonesian goods worth $570 billion under it. In August 2018, Ambassador Supriyadi told Sputnik that Jakarta expected to receive the first Russian Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jet under the bilateral contract in October. However, the diplomat noted in a comment to Sputnik in September that Indonesia expected the first jet to be delivered in October 2019.

The time frames for the deliveries of Russian Su-35 multi-role fighter jets to Indonesia under a bilateral contract are affected by the restrictions that the United States is ready to introduce as part of its anti-Russia sanctions, as the Kommersant newspaper reported on 05 October 2018. Washington had not given its guarantees to Jakarta that Indonesia would not face sanctions under the US Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets, among other things, Russias international transactions, the Kommersant newspaper reported, citing two Russian defense industry top managers and a source close to the presidential administration.

Moreover, the parties planned to use a loan from a Russian commercial bank as part of the contract. However, no banks were willing to engage in the deal since they might face US sanctions over cooperation with Russian military exporter Rosoboronexport, the outlet added.

Deliveries of Russian Su-35 fighters to Indonesia may begin in 2019. This was reported on 25 March 2019 by TASS by the Indonesian ambassador to the Russian Federation Mohamad Vahid Supriyadi. You know, this is a technical question, because the agreement has already been signed. Here we are talking about its technical implementation, because for us the scheme itself is quite new. the near future will be implemented. I hope that this year it will be possible, he said, answering the question when the delivery of Su-35 fighters to Indonesia would begin.

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