China unveils fifth-generation J-20 fighter (VIDEO)
China makes a public debut for its new super-weapon Chengdu J-20 fighter at the Zhuhai airshow in Guangdong province on Tuesday.
Two of the new state-of-the-art fighter jets – which are invisible to radar – performed a fly past at the popular military technology show. The new military hardware is being presented as China’s answer to the US-made F-35 combat jets.
The fifth-generation long-range warplane, armed with air-to-air missiles, performed its first test flight in 2011 and has been the object of feverish attention by the nation's aviation buffs. At least six prototypes have been produced, according to an annual report on the Chinese military issued by the Pentagon this year.
The biennial airshow comes as President Xi Jinping attempts to strengthen his stranglehold on the region, with aggressive maneuvers in the South China Sea.