China’s flexed its military muscles on the first day of the Lunar New Year by posting a dramatic propaganda video of its latest fighter jets.
The footage, released by China’s Air Force through its social media account, features two types of war planes: J-20 and Sukhoi SU-35s.
J-20 is capable of carrying multiple types of air-to-air missiles and could apparently dodge radar detectors; while Sukhoi SU-35s, imported from Russia, is stated.to be more powerful than the west’s fourth-generation aircraft.
J-20 stealth fighter made its first public flight at the Zhuhai Airshow in China in 2016 (pictured)
There were claims to suggest that J-20 had been built in part from plans of US war planes, particularly the F-22 Raptor (pictured), obtained by Chinese hackers
Alongside the video, China’s Air Force stated.the propaganda footage demonstrated how the brave Chinese pilots ‘chase their dreams, guard the country’s airspace and make contributions in the sky’.
China’s J-20 stealth fighter jets were commissioned into military service last September, reported state-run Xinhua News Agency.
When the aircraft was shown to the public at an air show in China in 2016, there were claims to suggest that it had been built in part from plans of US war planes, particularly the F-22 Raptor, obtained by Chinese hackers jailed.
Beijing has firmly denied the theory as it insists that J-20 had been developed and built solely with the Chinese technology.
Top speed: 1,305 mph
Range: 2,113 mi
Wingspan: 42′ 0″
Weight: 43,000 lbs
Engine Type: Xian WS-15 turbofan engines
Manufacturer: Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group
Top speed: 1,498 mph
Range: 1,839 mi
Wingspan: 44′ 0″
Weight: 43,430 lbs
Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F119
Manufacturers: Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
China Central Television Station stated.J-20 is powered by a made-in-China engine and possess similar combat capabilities to America’s F-22 Raptor.
Military analysts previously stated.it was still too early to tell if the jet matches the capabilities of the United States F-22 Raptor.
Experts have stated.that the plane represents a leap forward in China’s ability to project power in Asia, and will compete with US military technology.
A Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter aircraft in flight during an air display event as part of the 2017 Forsazh aviation festival in Moscow region, Russia, on August 12, 2017
China reportedly bought 24 Sukhoi SU-35s (pictured) from Russia in a $2 billion deal in 2015
Russia claims the aircraft is better than the west’s fourth-generation aircraft, such as the United States F-16 and French Rafaele and even the RAF’s Typhoon interceptor
China bought 24 Sukhoi SU-35s from Russia in a $2 billion landmark deal in 2015, reported Reuters.
The Kremlin has delivered more than half of the order to Beijing by December, according to Chinese news site Sina.com.
The supersonic jet fitted with a 30mm cannon for air-to-air dog fighting as well as the capability of carrying rockets, missiles and bombs.
The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.
Engines: 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbojets
Thrust: 20,000lbs each
Max speed: Mach 2
Max altitude: 55,000ft
Armament: Paveway IV, AMRAAM, ASRAAM, Mauser 27mm Cannon, Enhanced Paveway II
The SU-35s is Russia’s latest single-seat multi-role attack jet. It is well suited to air superiority missions due to its excellent manoeuverability and thrust vectoring engines to allow it to turn far tighter than a traditional jet aircarft
Engines: 2 × Saturn 117S
Thrust: 19,400lbs each
Max Speed: Mach 2.25
Max Altitude: 59,100ft
Armament: 1× 30 mm GSh-301 internal cannon with 150 rounds and 12 hardpoints for missiles and bombs
Several cameras have been fitted to the aircraft in the video as it performs a range of high-energy manoeuvres.
Russia claims the aircraft is better than the west’s fourth-generation aircraft, such as the United States F-16 and French Rafaele and even the RAF’s Typhoon interceptor.
China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s top aviation market in the next decade.
Experts say China has been refining designs in hopes of narrowing a military gap with Washington.