Sukhoi Su-27 / Shenyang J-11

The Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: ‘Flanker’) fighter was developed during the Cold War-era to counter the Western 4th-generation fighters. China acquired a total of 76 examples of the aircraft between 1992 and 1999. Another 100 examples were built by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) under license as the J-11. The Su-27 was the first PLAAF fighter aircraft capable of competing with modern Western fighters. The aircraft and its derivatives remain the backbone of the Chinese air power today.

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