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Is China’s newly-inducted stealth fighter jet deployed close to Indian border?

By Shubir Rishi
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China has inducted its first stealth fighter into military service giving its air force a massive firepower boost, the state media has reported. Photographs have shown the J-20 deployed on the Tibetan plateau - close to India's border, the PLA's website has denied it.

Earlier thought to be ready only by 2019, the Chinese claim that the fifth-generation jet that made its debut at the Zuhai air show in southern China last November is on par with the US F-22 Raptor. It is also been billed as the answer to the F-35.

Deployed close to India's border?

Deployed close to India's border?

In a brief newscast on the state broadcaster CCTV, the announcer said that the J-20 had ‘entered the service'.

All photographs: Screengrabs

'High instability'

'High instability'

According to reports, the J-20 has a wide fuselage, and a frameless canopy resembling that of the F-22 Raptor. One important design criterion for the J-20 describes high instability. The prototype is believed to be initially powered by WS-10 and / or the AL-31F engines.

Short and long-range air-to-air missiles

Short and long-range air-to-air missiles

The aircraft features a glass cockpit, with two main large color liquid crystal displays situated side-by-side, three smaller auxiliary displays, and a wide-angle holographic HUD. The main weapon bay is capable of housing both short and long-range air-to-air missiles.

Radar-evading stealth fighter

Radar-evading stealth fighter

More recent speculations refer to the J-20 as an air-to-air fighter with an emphasis on forward stealth, high-speed aerodynamics, range, and adequate agility.

China's state aerospace company AVIC manufactures the J-20, and is also working on a radar-evading stealth fighter called the FC-31, previously known as the J-31.

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