China says new stealth fighter put into combat service


FILE PHOTO – China unveils its J-20 stealth fighter on an air show in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, November 1, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

Reuters Staff February 9, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping modernization of the country’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including anti-satellite missiles and advanced submarines, seeking to project power far from its shores.

In a short statement, the air force said the J-20 had been commissioned into combat units.

The J-20 will further raise the air force’s combat abilities and help the air force better carry out its “sacred mission” to defend the country’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, the air force said.

State media said early last year that the aircraft had entered service. The aircraft was shown in public for the first time in late 2016 at the Zhuhai airshow and was first glimpsed by Chinese planespotters in 2010.

However, questions remain whether the new Chinese fighter can match the radar-evading properties of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air-to-air combat jet, or the latest strike jet in the U.S. arsenal, Lockheed’s F-35. The F-22, developed for the U.S. Air Force, is the J-20’s closest lookalike.

China showed off another stealth fighter it is developing, the J-31, at the Zhuhai airshow in 2014, a show of muscle that coincided with a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama for an Asia-Pacific summit.

China hopes the J-31, still in development, will compete with the U.S.-made F-35 stealth aircraft in the international market, according to state media reports.

China’s air force is taking an increasingly active role in power projection, with exercises over both the disputed South and East China Seas and near to self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Neil Fullick

Source: Reuters “China says new stealth fighter put into combat service”

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9 Comments on “China says new stealth fighter put into combat service”

  1. Anonymous says:

    With the new Russian SU-35s China should be able to equip their underpowered J-20s with badly needed vectored thrust engines it needs.

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  3. Joseph says:

    Meanwhile, American gaffer Admiral Harry ‘Tojo’ Harris is being boxed for good. He is being nominated as US ambassador to Australia in the move to gag him for good. He is going to fill the position of the ambassador that he helped to drive off with his anti-Chinese rethorics. And his Australian buddies from Australian Lowy Institute are happy. They can talk about China conspiracy theory all day over tea without actually harming anyone in the region. He should hope that he doesn’t quickly become a sushi type, good on the first day, ok on the second day and stinky on the third day. The monotonous talk will get pretty boring quite quickly. I have to admit that Donald Trump is not as dumb as his opponent would like to show. By ‘promoting’ him to Australia, Trump is actually putting him in the box. Australia is so neglected by the American that the American didn’t even bother to put an ambassador in Australia. Now Trump is actually putting this Tojo in the position that the American think does not need filling. It is a sign that Trump is prepared to burry Obama’s pivot to Asia for good. It is after all the stumbling block that prevents him to have good productive talks with China. But all is not lost. In Australia, Harris will have to face Indonesian navy up close and personal. Indonesia has been deeply unhappy with Western military build ups in it borders under unacceptable pretexts of containing China. After all his empty talk about joining with Indonesia in his SCS campaign along with Japan and India, Harris will get to know his unwilling ‘pawn’ better of what they think of him. I would not expect cordiality. This is a country whose defense force chief loves to make Westerners apologize for their big mouth gaffes. He made Australia apoligized several times already, but he is still wating the arrogant American to do the same. Not sure if US ambassador to Indonesia had apologized, but now that the American finally has ambassador to Australia, I am sure the General would love to make Harris to bow down in apology so deep for inviting him then cancelling his American visa in the last minute for being possible ‘terrorist’. Hasta La Vista, Admiral!!

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  4. Steve says:

    Nice post, but how aggressive can the US get with China’s militarised islands. Besides the quadrilateral alliance on both ends of the SCS, I don’t really see what the US can do. They cannot risk a war with China by provocation, especially when the Middle East is hotting up again. I belief the biggest nightmare for the US is the reunification of Taiwan, which appears to be swinging towards a pro China. Once reunified, the first island chain will be under China’s control, the US will lose it’s strategic control of the first and second island chain. China will have control of both the China seas.

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  5. Zhuge Liang says:

    RED LINES IN THE EAST

    Indeed, a new era is dawning. Either China’s development is allowed to be peaceful or it is not.

    Where does Mr Trump stands? Is he for a peaceful co-existent co-operative world or is he for a violent sole superpower world? Where does her vassals – Japan, india, Europe and Australia stand?

    If he is for the former, does Mr Trump have the strength, intelligence and wisdom to defeat the evil self-serving neocons bent on world domination and spoils of the war for themselves?

    Can he crush, arrest and jail all the neocons – whether it is the wayward unscrupulous scheming overly-ambitious ultra-rich in his country, or those power-crazed employees with bloated self-importance in the spy and investigation agencies, scheming government servants and bureaucrats, political low lives in the uniform services, megalomaniacal news media tycoons and journalists, the ultra-mercantilist banksters, and souless CEOs and directors in the large corporations?

    Looking at Western culture such as that in “cowboy” Yankee Land, it seems in their “war” there is no such thing as a “half measure”. It is a zero sum game. Bugger “democracy” and “peoples power”. They win, they must win. Nothing else matters. All must surrender and kneel.

    Whatever happens in Yankee Doodle Land has huge consequences for the world and it appears, the world is reaching a tipping point soon. Either Trump and his supporters or someone else, defeat Evil and get his country back to sanity and normality, or the world will have to destroy Yankee Land in order to destroy the Evil there. Defending robustly, Chinese territories with new capable stealth planes is but a taste of things to come.

    The world will not acede nor surrender to the neocon controlled imperialistic Yankee Empire bent on dominating the world. It supports totally and wholly, North Korea’s stand against the threats and bullying from the Yanks.

    If the current Trump administration’s behaviour is but an act of brinksmanship, that is going too far and placing the world on a knife’s edge. If it is only theatrics, to psyche KJU and N Korea to aquiesce, that is enough and gone on long enough.
    Mr Trump and his admnistration should no longer play to the Evil neocon Yanks piper’s tune anymore but take their war to them instead of the world. Trump and Co. do not have to sing their song anymore but do what is right – arrest ALL the “Swamp” creatures in fetid Washington and in the rest of the country and wash the Yankee Land’s stable clean; If the U.S. is to command respect amongst the people of the world again. Is Trump a leader?

    But, If Mr Trump and Co. are for the latter – War and not Peace; Empire before Co-existence – expect the “Central Country” to expand its armed forces quickly and train its people for war against theYankee Empire in alliance with Russia and other sovereign minded countries.

    There is little reason why a country with four times the people of Yankee Land, together with the Russians, and allies, not be able to draw on its vast reserves of people and resources to fight the Yanks and their vassals and win. It will no longer be a psychological war but a real physical kinetic war, and truly this time, it will be a zero sum game and there will only be a victor and the vanquished to be kind, or there will be none. Life on earth as we know it will cease to exist.

    If Mr Trump and some of his men are not crazed enough to do that, then he and his men must know what is to be done. They either hold the reins of power or they do not. He and his men must not do the neocon biddings in Syria, North Korea or Ukraine. They must round up the evil and mad “Empire firster” neocons in his cabinet foremost, then in fetid Washington “swamp”, and then in the rest of their country. He must do this to avert a global castrophe and bring back power and dignity to the White House and Yankee Land.

    The trillion dollar question now is – Is Trump up to the job in this matter? So far it appears not. He seems a not-very-bright puppet singing the same old tune since that whacko George Bush started playing the Evil neocons’ tune. And millions died.

    It is now one minute to midnight. The red line in the East is being drawn. Whither Mr Trump and Yankee Land?

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    • alking1957 says:

      Forget about Trump taking on the Deep State that is wholly controlled by the neocons. He had already caved in to them to save his own skin. Yes the world with China, Russia can resist. But if the result is WWIII the human civilizations will end as well, unless the Empire of Chaos come to its senses. The main problem is Americans are totally brainwashed by their own “free press” that they cannot distinguish black from white, and continue the believe that it is justified to build their own security onto everyone else’s insecurity, trying to blackmail the whole world into submissin with their new Nuclear Posture Review.

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  6. Steve says:

    At this stage, China’s J-20 own the skies. China’s air to air PL-15 missile will shoot down the US F35 and F22 up to a range of 400km. US has no answer.

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