Saturday, September 9

New boxing of the Su-35 in PLAAF colours with nice new parts from Kittyhawk

Kitty Hawk has already released its 48th scale version of the Sukhoi "Flanker-E" to eager modellers. Now it appears a new boxing of the kit with upgraded parts to further enhance your kit has arrived - and this one features the aircraft of the PLAAF. See whats new in our quick preview...

New boxing of the Su-35 in PLAAF colours with nice new parts from Kittyhawk

Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" PLAAF
From Kittyhawk Models
Product No: KH8014#
1/48th scale
Kitty Hawk has already released a new tool 48th scale version of the Sukhoi "Flanker-E" to eager modellers.Our man Bruce is busy building his up...
Now it appears that Kittyhawk is releasing a new boxing of the kit with several enhanced features and parts. Let's have a look first about a little of the Flanker-E and its capabilities in the PLAAF first before we look at what is new.

The real thing in PLAAF service so far.
 China has taken delivery of the Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" fighter jet from Russia, according to Chinese state media. China had been trying to develop its own indigenous fighter jet engine for several years, but the program has been dogged by technical problems. China’s stealthy Chengdu J-20, single-engine Chengdu J-10 and Shenyang J-15 carrier-borne fighters are still powered by Russia’s Saturn AL-31 engine. In the meantime, the Chinese have purchased some FLanker E's from the Russian Government.
The Chinese military confirmed that it took delivery of four Su-35s in late December 2016, when four Su-35 fighter jets flew from the city to China as partial delivery of the 24 Su-35s bought by China. Chinese-built Su-27 Flankers incorporate Chinese avionics, engines and weapons.

China has also not released any official photos of its Su-35s, although grainy images purporting to be the PLAAF Su-35s have been published around the 'net.
The PLAAF's Su-35s are indeed based at Suixi, it would also raise the possibility that they could "act as a long range fighter escorts for the (PLAAF's) H-6K bombers around the South China Sea or even facing Japan. The Su-35 has the capability to refuel inflight from China's small fleet of Ilyushin Il-78 tankers acquired from Ukraine. That would give aircraft improved endurance for bomber escort and combat air patrol missions over the South China Sea. 

This boxing of Kittyhawk's Su-35 PLAAF Kit
One of the reasons China is keen on acquiring the Su-35 is to access modern Russian engine technology in the form of the Saturn AL-41F1S (117S) afterburning turbofan engine and the associated thrust-vectoring capability of the super-manoeuvrable Su-35. The exhaust of this aircraft droops when on the ground, and Kittyhaw have included the part in this configuration in this new boxing
The other new items that have been added to the kit include two PLAAF pilots, new, weighted wheels,  electronics and all new PLAAF schemes.
Of course, all of the usual features will be included, a detailed cockpit, wheel bays able to be displayed open and the gear down with an enormous payload of air-to-air & air-to-ground missiles, bombs, rockets and pods of several kinds. Some of those are displayed here in these images, the loadout supplied in this kit is enormous and it leaves the modeller with so many choices.

Until we know more we will keep looking for info on this new kit – check out Kittyhawk's website for more on all of their models.