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China says introducing stealth fighters into combat units

First flown in 2011, the J-20 is China’s answer to fifth-generation jets such as the US F-22 and F-35.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2018 23:47 IST
An Air force spokesman said the move boosts China’s ability to carry out the ‘sacred mission’ of defending its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.
An Air force spokesman said the move boosts China’s ability to carry out the ‘sacred mission’ of defending its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.(Reuters file photo)

China says it has begun introducing its J-20 stealth fighter jets into combat units, in a potentially major upgrade of its air force capabilities.

Air force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement released on the service’s official microblog on Friday that the move boosts China’s ability to carry out the “sacred mission” of defending its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.

First flown in 2011, the J-20 is China’s answer to fifth-generation jets such as the US F-22 and F-35.

It made its formal debut at a 2016 air show in southern China and last year was featured in a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

The plane was developed domestically but is believed to still rely on Russian engines for power.