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China confirms deal with Russia on Su-35 fighter jets

By Agencies

China confirms deal with Russia on Su-35 fighter jets
A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jet takes off during a test flight ahead of the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong province on Nov 10, 2014.  (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)

BEIJING - China confirmed a deal to buy Su-35 fighter jets from Russia on Thursday.

"The Su-35 fighter jet project is one of the areas in which China and Russia are willing to cooperate," said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian in response to a question about the US$2-billion deal.

The two countries will continue to enhance cooperation in military technology based on equality and mutual benefit, Wu said at a monthly press briefing.

A spokeswoman for Russian state holding Rostec confirmed last week a deal between the two countries had been signed involving Su-35 fighter jets worth more than US$2 billion.

The deal makes China the first foreign buyer of the Su-35, one of Russia's most advanced military aircraft, and is one of the largest contracts for military jets to have ever been signed between the two countries.

While commenting on another question about Russia's plan to provide the first round of S-400 modern anti-aircraft missile systems to China within the next 12 to 18 months, Wu said cooperation is under way according to plans.

Air defense is an important part of China-Russia military technology cooperation, the spokesman added.

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