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Chinese stealth fighters are combat-ready: Beijing

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has said that its newest fourth-generation stealth fighter was combat-ready and officially commissioned into the country's air force, the media reported.

Long touted as China's answer to US and stealth fighter jets, analysts say the is intended to fulfil two roles, air-to-air combat and ground attack.

"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," quoted Shen Jinke, for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, as saying.

A report last year from the Power Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies suggests the could be used to strike enemy airfields and command centres in the ground attack role, reports

The report also points out that if long-range air-to-air missile are mounted on the J-20, it could threaten key components of the US air fleet, such as aerial refuelling tankers and early warning and command and control

In a post on the PLA's website, expert said the will "engage with rivals in the future who dare to provoke in the air".

The post claims that the arrival of the will change the balance of air power in the region, reported.

"In the past, only the US and its allies like were capable of arming stealth fighter jets.

But now, their monopoly in this region has been broken by China's "

first flew the twin-engine in 2011, and it was introduced to the public during a flyby at the International and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, near Hong Kong, in November 2016.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 09:38 IST
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