China, Russia ink first arms sale contract in decade

2013-03-25 03:24:24 GMT2013-03-25 11:24:24(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English

China has signed an agreement to purchase four Lada-class submarines and 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters from Russia prior to President Xi Jinping’s visit, according to China Central Television (CCTV) on Mar 25.

It has been almost a decade since China last purchased major military equipment from Russia.

The four Amur-1650 submarines, an export version of the Lada class, will be designed and constructed jointly by the two countries before sold to Chinese navy, the report said.

The Su-35 fighter, classified as 4++ generation fighter by its manufacturer, is expected to upgrade China’s air defence capability before its own stealth fighter is formally commissioned.

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