In the West, they explained why China buys a Su-35 with the latest J-20 fighter


Why does China continue to acquire Russian fourth-generation Su-35 fighters when it has its own fifth-generation J-20 fighters in service? This question was asked by the American specialized publication Military Watch.


The People’s Liberation Army of China has the largest fleet of heavy fighters in the world. Most of them are copies of the Soviet Su-27, which Beijing already has more than in Russia itself, or made on their basis (Su-30, Su-35, J-11B, J-15 and J-16).

In 2017, Chengdu J-20 “Mighty Dragon” appeared - the first Chinese heavy fighter to gain air supremacy, created not on the basis of the Su-27. He became the first Chinese stealth fighter and the first fifth-generation combat vehicle in service, which appeared outside the United States.

At the same time, in the USA, after the appearance of the F-22 and F-35, the purchase of fourth-generation fighters stopped. However, China takes a different approach. Apparently, Beijing is not going to abandon the cars of previous generations, which led many experts to suggest that this is due to a lack of faith in the future of the J-20.

Russian 4 ++ Su-35 generation fighters have several advantages over the American F-22 and Chinese J-20. For example, the Su-35 outperforms them due to its higher payload, over-maneuverability caused by engine features, and an excellent electronic warfare system. All this is missing from the J-20 and F-22.

Although the Su-35 retains a number of advantages over the J-20, this does not make it the best fighter in some other respects. J-20 is preferable in long-range combat, primarily due to its stealth. At the same time, the PLA has good reasons to continue to buy Russian aircraft. Su-35 is easier and cheaper to operate, in addition, the Chinese get Technology for their own defense programs, especially the J-10C and J-11D.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 5 May 2020 18: 11
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    China still can not make a copy of Russian aircraft engines, with a similar, or higher engine life, that’s the whole reason. I don’t know what electronic warfare systems they put on export models of the Su-35 and how serious they are, but supposedly invisibility, this is for everyone, but not for Russian radars that can see all these supposedly invisibles well.
    1. weddu Offline
      weddu (Kolya) 10 May 2020 20: 21
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      The agreement on SU-35 also provided for the supply of ground equipment and reserve engines ...
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 5 May 2020 23: 31
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    The main thing: not why, but how much .... How much does he buy a Su-35 to steal the technology .... but more on that in the article, no ....
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 6 May 2020 11: 02
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      Su-35 is easier and cheaper to operate, in addition, the Chinese are getting technology for their own defense programs, especially the J-10C and J-11D.

      Your messages are more and more like blind criticism ... Just to write ...
      1. Pivander Offline
        Pivander (Alex) 6 May 2020 11: 51
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        His surname gives out. There is something from sprats in it.
      2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 May 2020 12: 33
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        I won’t chew everything to some.
        The logic is simple: bought 50 units - which means for flights. Bought 3 pcs - just copy the technology.

        But on the internet there are translations of candid interviews of Chinese designers (I met them on Su-35 and 57, there was even a post here), which frankly say - do we need to blow technology, do we need to extract samples, even single ones? and sample parts will work too.

        Look, they’re switching over to personalities - that means I'm right.