Ukraine continues weapons sales to China in the midst of turmoil

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By Miles Yu,

As the 6th largest arms export country in the world, Ukraine has counted China as its top customer for the past two decades.

Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.
Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.

On March 25, a Russian-designed Il-78 aerial refueling tanker plane conducted a final test flight after a major upgrade before being delivered by Ukraine to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force [PLAAF].

This is one of three Il-78 super tankers the PLAAF ordered from Ukraine in December 2011 and scheduled for delivery this month.

The Il-78 tanker planes will significantly enlarge the Chinese air force’s strategic outreach.

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