Analysis: Why Russia’s Su-35 Fighter Jets Had Trouble Finding Buyers Even Before Ukraine


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Summary Sanctions have severely impacted Russia's fighter jet exports, with Russia's leading jet, the Su-27 family, facing challenges. Russia's main markets for fighter jet exports, China and India, are shifting towards domestic production or diversifying away. Russia's attempts at developing replacement aircraft like the Su-57 and Su-75 have faced setbacks, impacting future exports. Russia has long been noted for its fighter jets, which were often seen as rugged and cheaper than their Western counterparts. Russia inherited a large military aviation industry from the USSR and has been one of the two main exporters of fighter jets. Russia's leading fighter jet...