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China’s lat­est J-20 stealth fight­ers made their pa­rade debut on July 30 in north China, as the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) staged a show of strength to mark its 90th found­ing an­niver­sary. Three J-20 jets led an ech­e­lon for­ma­tion con­sist­ing of 15 fighter air­craft flew past dur­ing the coun­try’s first-ever Army Day pa­rade. The J-20 is China’s in­dige­nous fourth-gen­er­a­tion medium and long-range fighter jet. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first pub­licly dis­played at the 11th Air­show China in Zhuhai, Guang­dong Prov­ince, in Novem­ber2016. Be­sides J-20, J-16 fight­ers and Y-20 heavy trans­port air­craft were also among the new air­craft dis­played dur­ing the pa­rade. The J-16 is a two-seat, dual-en­gine multi-role fighter with be­yond-visual-range air-to-air and air-to-ship strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The Y-20, a ver­sa­tile plane with a max­i­mum take­off weight of about 200 tonnes, is de­signed to carry cargo and per­son­nel over long dis­tances in ad­verse weather con­di­tions, and en­tered mil­i­tary ser­vice in July 2016.

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