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The Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has inducted a new batch of  J-20 new-generation stealth fighters.

PLAAF Receives New Batch of J-20 Fighters

Atul Chandra - : Jun 22, 2021 - : 2:23 pm

The Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has inducted a new batch of J-J-20 new-generation stealth fighters.

The indigenously developed J-20s have been commissioned into the No.1 Aviation Group with a brigade under the PLAAF.

No.1 Aviation Group was bestowed the honorary title “Pioneer Aviation Group in Strengthening the Military” by China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) in 2019.

The induction of the J-20 into a 2nd unit, is an indication of growing Chinese confidence in the operational capabilities of the large fighter, which has an internal weapons bay.

According to the U.S. Department of Defence’s report titled, ‘Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2020’, ‘the PLAAF and PLAN Aviation together constitute the largest aviation forces in the region and the third largest in the world, with over 2,500 total aircraft and approximately 2,000 combat aircraft. The PLAAF is rapidly catching up to Western air forces across a broad range of capabilities and competencies.’

The PLA’s objective is to become a “world-class” military by the end of 2049, a goal first announced in 2017.

In October 2019, the PLAAF announced that J-20s were also commissioned to the Wang Hai Air Group.

PLAAF  J-20s have also made appearances at Hotan Airport in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, about 320 kilometers from the China-India border region.

Earlier this year, state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) released computer generated images of a twin-seat version of the J-20.

J-20’s are also now said to be equipped with domestically developed WS-10C engines with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) instead of imported Russian engines.

China has plans to eventually power the J-20 with uprated WS-15 engines.

Media reports have also indicated plans to integrate 2D Thrust Vectoring nozzles for the J-20.

The J-20 made its maiden flight in 2011 and its international show debut at Airshow China 2016. The 5th generation fighter entered military service in 2017.

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