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China commissions its J-20 stealth jet into air force combat service

China commissions its J-20 stealth jet into air force combat service

BEIJING: China has commissioned the latest J-20 stealth fighter into its air force's combat service, taking a lead in the region to operate fighter jets designed to avoid detection, state media reported.

State-run Xinhua news agency quoted an Air Force spokesman as saying that the stealth fighter has been commissioned into the force.

The J-20 is China's fourth-generation medium and long- range fighter jet. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to the public at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, in November 2016.

Its introduction could add a new dimension in the India- China air force balance as India is yet acquire a stealth fighter.

The US air force operates the F-22 Raptor which is the fifth generation stealth air superiority fighter.

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