China's state-of-the-art stealth fighter J-20 performed awesome stunts at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) in south China's Zhuhai City on Sunday.
China's most advanced stealth fighter showed off its six onboard missiles for the first time on Sunday at the country's largest airshow.
The claim is the new missiles are comparable to US AIM-9X missiles. 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.More news: Lane closures begin at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa ports of entry
The move displayed the J-20's superiority compared with the United States' F-22 and F-35 fighter jets.
While China has touted various achievements in the J-20 programme, it has also seen setbacks, particularly with respect to the lack of a reliable indigenous engine. "But now, their monopoly in this region has been broken by China's J-20". For the first time, the aircraft's missile bay was opened to the public, revealing what was reportedly six long-range air-to-air missiles, in addition to two mounted short-range combat missiles.
In the mid-air performance, a J-20 circled horizontally with its body vertical to the ground, and another one flew at a terrific low height and climbed up to the sky, nearly maneuvering vertically to the ground.More news: Leaked Photos Suggest That Valve Is Working On Its Own VR Headset
Following the completion of the Zhuhai air show, China touted its jet engine technology in a post on the PLA's English-language website published Monday, citing a performance earlier in the Zhuhai show of its J-10B jet, a non-stealth fighter, using "thrust vector" technology.
However, Layton said China remains 10 to 20 years behind the leaders in thrust vectoring.More news: Last-ditch bid to extend My Health opt-out period