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Friday, October 28, 2016, 23:10

Stealth fighter confirmed for China air show

By Zhao Lei
Stealth fighter confirmed for China air show
File photo of J-20 stealth fighter jet. ( Photo / chinadaily.com.cn)

The People's Liberation Army Air Force will demonstrate its latest J-20 stealth fighter jet at an arms show next week, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, PLA Air Force spokesman, said at a news conference on Friday morning.

The Zhuhai Air Show will start on Tuesday and is set to feature some of the best equipment that the PLA and State-owned defense giants have to offer

"The J-20 was designed by our aircraft researchers for future aerial combat. Test pilots from the Air Force will use it to perform at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition," Shen said. The J-20 made its maiden flight in 2011.

Shen said the fighter jet will help the air force better fulfill the mission of "safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity."

The development of the J-20 is progressing as scheduled, and it is expected to further boost the fighting capacity of the Chinese air force, said Shen.

The six-day event, commonly known as the Zhuhai Air Show , will start on Tuesday and is set to feature some of the best equipment that the People's Liberation Army and State-owned defense giants have to offer.

China conducted the maiden flight of the J-20 in January 2011 and has produced 10 prototypes. It is believed to be the third stealth fighter jet to enter service following the United States' F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II stealth warplanes.

This is the first time the Chinese military has confirmed the existence of the J-20, which was developed and made by Aviation Industry Corp of China.

Products on show at the biennial event, which is the largest arms exhibition in China, will include the latest offerings in the space, aviation, electronics and land armament industries. Fighter jets, transport planes, drones , missiles, tanks and artillery guns are all set to be on display, according to Zhuhai Airshow Co.

According to Shen, though it will not fly, the domestic-built Y-20 heavy transport aircraft will also be displayed in the exhibition, which runs from Nov 1 to 6, in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

The Y-20, a versatile plane with a maximum takeoff weight of about 200 tons, is designed for carrying cargo and personnel over long distances in "complicated meteorological conditions." It officially entered military service in July this year.

Other aircraft such as the H-6K bomber, the J-10B fighter jet and the KJ-500 that is China's early warning and control aircraft will be showcased at the exhibition.

Stealth fighter confirmed for China air show
Jets of the Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, fly in formation in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, on Thursday. The British aerobatic team will perform at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which will be held from Nov 1 to 6 in Zhuhai. ( Tang Mingming / For China Daily)

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