Why would China want to reverse engineer a PESA, when it already has AESA undergoing testing on J-10B, J-15 & J-16?This is a cover, the SU-35 sale in such small numbers is a blatant admission to the world that China is unable to devlop certain key tech namely advanced contemporary engines and certain avionics and sensors.
Exactly. It would be wiser to spend the time, money and effort maturing the WS-15 than to try and reverse engineer the 117S.Yes it is - the core technology is the same.
Anyway it is nigh-on impossible to copy a turbofan engine.
Otherwise, China would have copied the Al-31 years ago.
If China does buy any Su-35, I think it could be used in training exercises to judge the capabilities of the super-sukhoi upgrades that India gets.