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China sends stealth fighter to the East Sea

The Chinese airline said that the J-20 stealth fighter regularly flew patrols over the East and South China Seas.

“J-20 switched to using ‘heart China‘ and fighters often participate in combat patrol training in the East China Sea and on guard patrols in East Sea“, Ren Yukun, a senior official of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said in a meeting on April 12, but the new content was announced today.

Combat patrols require pilots to be in a state of high combat readiness, while sentry patrols are primarily for surveillance and warning broadcasts.

“Heart of China” is a term used to refer to aircraft engines produced by the country. The first J-20s used Russia’s AL-31F and China’s WS-10B engines, which were designed for earlier fighters, which made the stealth aircraft unable to operate at full capacity and limited its ability to operate. maneuverability and stealth at subsonic speeds.

China tried to develop the domestic engine WS-15 but encountered many errors and failed to pass the evaluation stage. The current J-20 stealth fighters are said to be powered by the WS-10C engine, an upgraded version of the WS-10.

J-20 fighter jet performs at the Zhuhai air show, China in November 2018.  Photo: Reuters.

J-20 fighter jet performs at the Zhuhai air show, China in November 2018. Image: Reuters.

The AVIC official’s comment is the first time that the Chinese side has confirmed that the J-20 has been deployed to the Southern Theater Command, including in the East Sea area. Previously, the J-20 was assigned to China’s Eastern Theater Command, which is responsible for operations around the island. Taiwan and the Senkaku/Diaoyu island group disputed with Japan.

The US Air Force commander in the Pacific, General Kenneth Wilsbach in March said that the country’s F-35 fighter had encountered the J-20 in the East China Sea, but did not disclose the specific time and location.

The J-20 has been developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, a subsidiary of AVIC, since the 1990s. The fourth J-20 line was installed in 2019 and mass production began a year later. . Each line can produce one J-20 fighter per month.

The J-20 is said to have precision strike capabilities and operate in all weather conditions. The Chinese military has been in service with the J-20 since 2017.

China has not announced the specific number of J-20 fighters in service. An article in the journal Military Science Technology said that about 90 J-20s have been shipped, and that the Chinese military will need about 400-500 fighters of this type.

Nguyen Tien (According to SCMP)

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