J-20 stealth fighter to begin service with PLA in 2017: Kanwa

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The J-20, China’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter, will begin its service with the PLA Air Force in 2017, reports Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine.

The article said that it will take another two years for the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the J-20’s manufacturer, to complete development for the aircraft. Many tests and trials have yet to take place during this period. China began the project of developing its own active electronically scanned array back in 2004. It was tested aboard a Tu-204 passenger aircraft for three years and later fitted into the J-20.

Full article: J-20 stealth fighter to begin service with PLA in 2017: Kanwa (Want China Times)

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