WATCH China Take Its Brand New Su-35 Fighters for Top Gun-Style Test Flight

© YouTube/CCTVScreengrab of a Chinese Su-35 engaging in manoeuvres.
Screengrab of a Chinese Su-35 engaging in manoeuvres. - Sputnik International
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Russia completed the delivery of the last batch of five Sukhoi Su-35 multirole air superiority fighters to China last month, with Washington slapping Beijing with sanctions over its purchase of Russian military hardware, including the Su-35s, in September.

China Central Television has released footage of the People's Liberation Army Air Force's training using its new Su-35 fighters, showing the planes taking off, flying in formation, engaging in breakneck maneuvers and attacking mock targets.

A PLAAF pilot speaking to the TV network praised the Su-35's "great maneuverability," attributing this to the plane's dual thrust-vectoring engines.

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The aircraft are now based with the Sixth Aviation Brigade in Suji, Guangdong province, southeastern China.

China purchased two dozen Su-35 fighters from Russia for $2.5 billion in late 2015, with delivery of the planes completed in November. China became the first foreign customer of the Russian 4++ generation fighter, and has already been seen deploying its Su-35s on patrol missions in the South China Sea.

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