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However, three years later China revealed that Shenyang Aircraft Corporation was producing the J-11B— any Russian involvement.
Though 90 percent of the J-11’s components were indigenously made, the airframe was nearly identical.
All in all, this means the Su-27 was a top shelf fighter in the early nineties, when China became the first country outside of the former Soviet world to operate Flankers: thirty-eight Su-27SKs and forty Su-27UBK two-seat trainers acquired between 19, for between $30 and $40 million apiece.
The Su-27SKs came with Russian R-27 and R-73 air-to-air missiles, but had little capability for advanced air-to-ground munitions—though China insisted the Flankers’ landing gear come strengthened so they could accommodate a heavier bomb load.
China, for its part, had recently lost access to the American and European defense markets following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.