Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 02 April 2019
The News is coming from Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA 2019 that China is planning to buy Russia’s fifth generation stealth Sukhoi-57E fighter jet.
Now the question arise why would China buy a fifth generation fighter jet, which Indian Air Force has rejected a year back and more so when China has it’s own stealthy operational J-20 fifth generation fighter jet and J-31, which is in advance developmental stage. China already has Russian Sukhoi -35 fighter aircraft in it’s fleet.
Is it because India buying 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and they are likely to be delivered in September 2019. May be but this is not the real reason why China procureing Russian Su-57 fighter. The mystery lies in news of US selling F-16V to Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China.
Generally, it is technology that takes priority in defe nce purchases but perhaps in a rare instance geo-strategy overshadows the technology. Keep watching National Defence as we unravel the mystery of India being entangled in this great game of fifth generation fighter jets. Watch full Great Game of Fifth Generation Fighter Jets at video url: https://youtu.be/1CB1k4dxfpI