Respectfully, India needs to wake up and put some serious pressure on Russia! Russia’s SU-35 Super-Flanker: Mystery Fighter No More March 7/13: China confirmed. China and Russia have apparently signed an intergovernmental agreement, as the 1st step toward a contract for 24 SU-35s. Reports credibly place the agreement date as January 2013, but contract negotiations could take a while. A trickle of reports from November 2012 to February claimed that Russia and China had a preliminary agreement in place, which would let them negotiate a deal for varying numbers of SU-35s. Russiaâ€™s Interfax confirmed the existence and date of that agreement in February 2013, but didnâ€™t specify numbers. Now, a March 8/13 article in The Hindu confirms that talks involve 24 planes, a climbdown from Russiaâ€™s initial insistence on 48. The Russians are said to have more confidence that China canâ€™t copy their engines, and are also said to need SU-35 orders, since Russiaâ€™s VVF is ordering follow-on buys of SU-30SMs instead. On the other side, thereâ€™s speculation that SU-35â€²s improved AL-117S engine could be â€œof interestâ€ for Chinaâ€™s J-20 stealth plane. If so, it would be a setback to India on 2 fronts: breaking an old pattern by selling China a more modern fighter than Indiaâ€™s SU-30MKIs, and strengthening a competitor to the Indo-Russian PAK-FA stealth fighter project. South China Morning Post external link | Defense News external link | Voice of Russia external link | The Hindu external link.