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Monday, April 16, 2018, 23:24
China's fighter jet J-10C begins combat duty
By Xinhua
Monday, April 16, 2018, 23:24 By Xinhua

Photo taken on June 13, 2017 shows a J-10B fighter jet in flight training. China's new multi-role fighter jet J-10C began combat duty Monday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced. (YANG PAN / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China's new multi-role fighter jet J-10C began combat duty Monday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced. 

Equipped with an advanced avionics system and various airborne weapons, the domestically-developed fighter has airstrike capabilities within medium and close range and is capable of precisely striking land and maritime targets, the air force said in a statement. 

It is China's third-generation supersonic fighter and made its debut when the PLA marked its 90th anniversary in July 2017 at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. 

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The fighter will enrich the air force's offensive and defensive system and improve its capability to fulfill duties and missions, according to the statement. 

Shen Jinke, a spokesperson for the PLA air force, said that the air force will advance training and war readiness, and sharpen its striking, defensive, and air delivery capabilities. 

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It will also firmly safeguard China's airspace security and national strategic interests in the new era, Shen said.    


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