De­but set for lat­est stealth fighter jet

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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