China formally commissioned J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter into air force combat service

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China’s latest J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighters have been commissioned into air force combat service of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), said a spokesperson, on 9 February.

According to a report of PLAAF, the J-20 signals that China’s air force has greatly increased its ability to deal with new security threats in airspace, and made steady progress in the aero equipment system.

According to the spokesman, J-20 played a vital role in the air force’s Red Sword 2017 exercise and laid a foundation for the enhancement of its new war capacities.

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“The stealth jets will improve the air force’s comprehensive fighting ability and enable it to better safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity,” Shen said.

More: Chinese military expert: J-20 stealth fighter may break Western monopoly

The J-20 is China’s fourth-generation (fifth-generation by the world’s classification) medium and long-range fighter jet. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to the public at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, in November 2016.

The fighters made their parade 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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