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The Chinese Air Force has deployed its best combat plane – the J-20 stealth fighter jet – to conduct exercises with other advanced jets.
The Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army said in a news release on Thursday that several J-20s took part in a series of combat exercises against the less-advanced J-16 and J-10C.
The exercises took place over the past nine days at an undisclosed air base and were realistic, the release said.
The military said J-20s practiced beyond-visual-range aerial fighting maneuvers during these drills, without elaborating.
This is the first time the Air Force has confirmed that the J-20 has participated in a combat exercise. In July, the Air Force sent three J-20s to a military parade at the Zhurihe Training Base in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and used that occasion to make public some details about the inside of the jet’s cockpit for the first time.
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