PLA’s J-20 Fighter Jets ‘Drive Away’ Foreign Warplanes from South China Sea: Chinese Media
- Defensemirror.com Bureau
- 09:34 AM, October 14, 2022
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s J-20 stealth jets reportedly drove away foreign aircraft flying close to China’s territorial airspace.
Pilots attached to the Wang Hai Air Group recently conducted combat patrols involving J-20s in China’s East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. During the mission, the J-20s apparently drove away foreign aircraft approaching Chinese airspace, as a pilot sent warnings via radio communications “This is the Chinese Air Force. You have approached Chinese airspace, leave immediately!”
China established its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone in November 2013. Over the past 10 years, the J-20 has flown in the East China Sea, South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits.
The Chengdu J-20 “Powerful Dragon” is a fifth generation dual-engine stealth fighter aircraft prototype developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force. In late 2010, the J-20 passed a high-speed test. Wikipedia
China has finally accepted that its stealth fighter jet J-20 is a copy of America’s F-35. Yang Wei, chief designer at the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute, China’s state-run aircraft manufacturer, said his J-10 fighter jet was a copy of the US F-35, not Russia’s stealth fighter. It is believed that after this confession by China, tensions between America and China may increase to unprecedented levels.
According to the South China Morning Post a news website headquartered in Hong Kong, Chinese military aircraft manufacturers are vying to build fighter jets operating from aircraft carriers amid increased tension with the US. The first of these is the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI), a government company that is working on a revised version of its J-20. The other government company is the Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, which is manufacturing the FC-31 jet.
In a recent article published in the Chinese magazine Acta Aeronautica et Astronautica Sinica, Yang Wei, chief designer of the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute, stated that his aircraft is based on the principle of American air combat and jet design.