Russia and China into a stronger military and industrial alliance. Both
countries feel increasingly isolated by the U.S.
and its allies. Yet while the expansion of ties between the Russian
Armed Forces and China’s People’s Liberation Army comes as no surprise,
it has proven slow to materialize.
Russia started negotiations to sell the Chinese on a batch of 24
Su-35S single-seat multirole fighters in 2012. Speaking to the media
recently, an official with Russia’s arms export agency Rosoboronexport
acknowledged that the talks have seen only limited progress. “The matter
is at the stage of the reconciliation procedure,” said Sergei Ladygin,
Rosoboronexport deputy director general, who headed the company’s
delegation to the Euronaval 2014 conference in Paris. “Russia and China
continue discussions on the matter of the Su-35S. The process of
preparing mutually agreeable documents goes on,” Ladygin stated.
|Russia, China Continue Negotiations for Su-35S Fighters|
Among other issues, Ladygin attributed the slow pace of the
negotiations to recent procedural changes in sale of equipment to China.
“In the past, we signed contract first and then spent a couple of years
awaiting various approvals from the government. Today, we do the
reconciliation procedure first, and then sign a contract.”
Similar issues are apparently delaying long-expected contracts for
Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumph long-range surface-to-air missiles and
Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarines. The “coming” sales of the three
aforementioned weapon systems were announced about two years ago.
Meanwhile, Russia continues to supply of Mil Mi-17 helicopters to
China, with shipments exceeding 300 units. These are supplemented by
ongoing deliveries of a relatively small number of Mi-26 superheavy and
Kamov Ka-32A11BC firefighting rotorcraft.
Other items Russia exports to China include four-engine Ilyushin Il-76
airlifters repaired and upgraded from the secondary market, AL-31FN Series 3 turbofan engines for China’s J-10 fighter and D-30KP-2 engines that power in-service Il-76 jets and newly assembled B-6 bombers.