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China's multi role fighter jets J-10C begin combat duty

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's new indigenously developed multi-role stealth fighter jet J-10C, capable of striking precisely both land and maritime targets, were put into active combat duty today, the military said.

The third-generation supersonic fighter jets are equipped with an advanced avionics system and multiple advanced armament, making it capable of precisely striking both land and maritime targets within medium and close range, the (PLAAF) said in a statement.

had in February commissioned its the latest stealth fighter into its air force's combat service. The is China's fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet.

The Chinese supersonic fighter jet had made its debut in July last year, when the PLA marked its 90th anniversary, at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The fighter will enrich the air force's offensive and defensive system and improve its capability to fulfil duties and missions, the statement said.

Shen Jinke, a for the PLAAF, said that the will advance training and war readiness, and sharpen its striking, defensive, and air delivery capabilities.

It will also firmly safeguard China's airspace security and national strategic interests in the new era, Shen was quoted as saying by the state-run agency.

Taiwan's state-owned agency Agency (CNA) had earlier reported that the is more streamlined than the J-10 B to reduce drag.

Hong Kong said that the has stealth capabilities entirely different from existing stealth warplanes.

The fuselage absorbs radar waves and weakens its signals, as a result, the waves do not bounce back to the radar, making the plane stealth, the state-run said quoting the CNA report today.

It is a brand new stealth technology, it said.

The of induction of the new warplane came at a time when held its biggest ever military exercises and parade in the disputed Sea last week.

The seen at the parade, inspected by Chinese Xi Jinping, showcased achievements made by the People's Liberation Army Navy, including nuclear submarines in its modernisation drive, military observers said.

A at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, Senior Weidong said that the received a large number of new weapons with advanced capabilities over the past five years and new hardware features a higher information capability and optimised joint operation system and thus can better carry out sophisticated joint operations.

Cui Yiliang, of magazine, said the showed almost all of its new hardware delivered during the past 10 years. It is now capable of conducting every naval operation, from strategic strike to amphibious assault, he said.

"The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines involved in the parade are of the latest generation and have many improvements compared with their predecessors. The new nuclear-powered attack submarines are reportedly capable of launching cruise missiles," he said.

Wu Peixin, a in Beijing, said the has been steadily and rapidly catching up with the US in terms of technological and operational capabilities of its hardware.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:25 IST
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