China starts introduction of stealth fighter jets into combat units

The destroyer USS Hopper named for the late Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper docked at San Francisco

The destroyer USS Hopper named for the late Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper docked at San Francisco

China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service, a spokesperson confirmed Friday.

However, questions remain whether the new Chinese fighter can match the radar-evading properties of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air-to-air combat jet, or the latest strike jet in the US arsenal, Lockheed's F-35. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to the public at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, in November 2016. The F-22, developed for the U.S. Air Force, is the J-20's closest lookalike.

It made its formal debut at a 2016 air show in southern China and previous year was featured in a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.

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