The fighter is highly advanced and would be a strong upgrade for China’s air force.
Being outfitted with new engines, avionics and other systems from Russia’s own fifth-generation fighter program, the fighter costs $65 million. With greater range, the SU-35 would give China the ability to improve the effectiveness of patrols in the Chinese Sea. The aircraft can be also customized for China, such ‘Sinification’ works may include some design and development to include the integration of different enhancements, additional algorithms, and Chinese-language user interfaces. China, besides getting its hands on one of the world’s most advanced fighter jets would also get access to the planes advanced suite of technology—some of Russia’s best—at a time when China is attempting to develop its own aviation industry and become as self-sufficient as possible. Additionally, China would also be able to get an up-close-and-personal look at the advanced engines that power the Su-35. Presumably, China could learn a great deal from the latest in Russian aircraft engine design, made by Saturn engineering labs.