- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2015

The Chinese military is close to signing a deal with Russia for 24 Su-35 fighter jets supplied by United Aircraft Corp.

Yuri Slyusar, who heads the Russian company, acknowledged the planned sale but would not discuss its status.

“The question should go to the federal service on military cooperation, not us. Our position is that we still believe that we will sign the contract to sell 24 aircraft this year,” Mr. Slyusar told reporters at the Paris Air Show, Military.com reported Friday.

The defense website reported that China is eying the fighter jets because it wants the twin-engine Su-35 to counter Japan’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and India’s Su-30MKO and T-50 aircraft.

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