Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

China's stealth fighters show off missile payload China 10:27

China's stealth fighters show off missile payload China 10:27

According to experts, the four internally mounted missiles are medium-range, radar-guided air-to-air missiles, while two smaller missiles mounted outside the weapon bays of the J-20 are infra-red-guided "heat-seeking" missiles for aerial combat.

Chinese experts told the state newspaper the airshow demonstration, which was part of the celebration of the 69th birthday of the Chinese People's Liberation Air Force, was to show off the aircraft's superiority to US fighter jets.

The flight coincided with the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese air force.

The J-20, which made its first flight in 2011, was rushed into service in 2017 amid the United States military's deployment of the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters to the Asia-Pacific.

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Shi Wen, the chief engineer and designer of China's Caihong CH-7, claimed that the drone in many areas is much better than the US-made RQ-170, and quite close to the RQ-180. Xu said that the branch would also update its theory, organization and equipment by 2035 and, finally, achieve a world-class force by 2050, a goal previously established by Xi. It also takes inspiration from its American foe, with one main differences being the use of canards, small wings located at the front of the airplane and meant to provide superior flight performances. Over 150 domestic and foreign aircraft have participated in the biggest airshow of China.

A Chinese Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters fly at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, November 11.

The public display of the J-20's missile capability is being perceived as another attempt by China to project confidence about its stealth fighter project.

"The six-day exhibition has attracted more than 770 exhibitors from 43 countries and regions, with a 10 percent year-on-year growth".

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