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China claims new fighter jet can operate in 1,000 km radius

China claims new fighter jet can operate in 1,000 km radius

As it rapidly modernises its military, China today claimed that its new J-15 fighter jet which will operate from its recently-acquired aircraft carrier, can cover a radius of 1,000 kms in attack missions.

The J-15 fighter jet is able to cover an area with a radius of over 1,000 km on attack missions, Sun Cong, a chief designer of the plane told state-run Xinhua news agency.

The jet reaches similar technical standards of the third-generation carrier-borne fighters currently in service, Sun, also a member of the advisory legislative body National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, (CPPCC) said.

"The jet is close to the US F-18 Hornet fighter jet in terms of bomb load, combat radius and mobility," he said.
According to some reports, Russia was upset as the J-15 resembled its Su-33.

Sun said great progress has been made on the fire-control radar and guided missiles on the fighter but more has to be done to improve its electronic countermeasures.

Nicknamed the "Flying Shark," the J-15 fighter passed a test flight in August 2009.
Last November, it conducted a successful landing on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. PTI KJV

Source: Beijing, ( News – 2 March 2013

Photo: The China Navy J-15 Flying Shark Naval Fighter Jet (Photo by PLA Navy)


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