posted on Jun, 3 2018 @ 03:43 PM
China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C,
engaging in air defense penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday.
The J-20 is capable of destroying a hostile air defense system.
There is somewhat more in the link.
There are some really interesting things here. Sometimes single slips or comments can be really telling(1). The Chinese are not noted for fscking up
and revealing too much at a press conference or what have you. They are not perfect, to be sure, but they do tend to choreograph their reveals fairly
Today, or recently at least, they showed a bit more information about the only foreign in service stealth aircraft, the J-20.
We have all commented that the probable role is to be a penetrator for the PLAAF to kill AWACS and tankers. It makes a lot of sense, since those
support aircraft make it possible for the USAF - the main rival of the PLAAF - to operate in the Western Pacific. However, this recent exercise made
the J-20 sound as though it might be intended to kill air defenses in general. And that would imply the J-20 has a ground attack role. The J-20
might be, well not quite, but similar in role to a Wild Weasel and able to kill ground based air defenses.
And *THAT* is...interesting.
1. and I still want to know what the F-27 was.
edit on 3-6-2018 by anzha because: added pictures