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J-20: China puts stealth fighter into combat servicexcz

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has commissioned its new generation J-20 fourth-generation stealth fighter into combat service. With this, China became second country in world to commissioned domestically developed stealth aircraft after United States.

J-20

J-20 is China’s fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet. It is single-seat, twinjet, all-weather, and stealth fighter aircraft. It has been developed by China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation for PLAAF. It had made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to public at 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province in November 2016.

It is currently equipped with Russian Saturn AL-31 engines and in future will be fitted with domestic Chinese Taihang engines. It has two large internal weapon bays for long-range air-to-air missiles and two small sidebays for short-range air-to-air missiles. It has large fuel tanks for long-range missions.

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Indian Air Force successfully test fires long range air-to-air MICA missile

Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully fired recently acquired long range air-to-air MICA missile from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft on a manoeuvring target.

During the test, the missile achieved a direct hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at a low altitude.

With this success IAF has become one of the few air forces in the world that have capability of launching such beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile.

Mirage-2000: It is a single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation. The upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter jets are fitted with the Thales RDY 2 radar, new avionics, helmet-mounted display. They have ability to fire new weapons including BVR MICA, Meteor missiles.

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