Debut set for latest stealth fighter jet
XThe People’s Liberation Army Air Force will demonstrate its latest J-20 stealth fighter jet at an arms show next week, a PLA Air Force spokesman said at a news conference on Friday.
“The J-20 was designed ... for future aerial combat. Test pilots from the Air Force will use it to perform at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition,” Senior Colonel Shen Jinke said.
The biennial, six-day event, commonly known as the Zhuhai Air Show, will start on Tuesday in the coastal city of Zhuhai, Guangdong province. It is believed to be the largest arms exhibition in Asia.
“Currently, the J-20’s development is proceeding as scheduled. Its service will further improve the Air Force’s combat capability and enable the Air Force to better safeguard our sovereignty, national security as well as territorial integrity,” he added.
This is the first time the Chinese military has confirmed the existence of the J-20, which was designed and made by Aviation Industry Corp of China.
China conducted the debut flight of the J-20 in January 2011 and has reportedly produced at least 10 prototypes.
It is the third stealth fighter jet in the world to enter service following the United States’ F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, according to military observers.