China has revealed the frightening arsenal of missiles carried by its J-20 stealth fighter jets.
The advanced warplanes were paraded to the public yesterday as the grand finale to a six-day airshow in Zhuhai.
Two J-20 fighter jets opened their cargo bay doors and revealed four missiles in its fuselage and one on either side of the aircraft.
Top Chinese officials, according to the Global Times, said the demonstration displayed the J-20’s superiority to the top US fighter jets, the F-22 and F-35.
The newspaper said two J-20 fighter jets opened their missile bay doors during a flypast.
Military expert Song Zhongping as saying the four missiles in the J-20’s fuselage were long-range air-to-air missiles, while the two on the sides were short-range combat missiles meant for aerial combat.
According to footage released by China Central Television Station, the J-20 is equipped with four PL-15 mid-range air-to-air missiles and one PL-10 short-range ‘combat’ missile on either side.
Chinese news site Sohu previously claimed PL-15 was a wing-less missile and 5.7 metres (18.7 feet) long. It was said to boast an impressive range of 400 kilometres (249 miles) and could help PL-15 out-perform F-22.
PL-10, on the other hand, was reported to have exceptional abilities to intercept other missiles.
In a post on the PLA’s English-language website earlier this year, Chinese military expert Song Zongping said the J-20 will ‘engage with rivals in the future who dare to provoke China in the air.’
When the aircraft was shown to the public, 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 last year.
Beijing has firmly denied the theory as it insists that J-20 had been developed and built solely with the Chinese technology.
WHAT IS CHINA’S J-20 STEALTH FIGHTER?
China’s new war plane made its first flyby in November 2016.
The fighter jet is swift, stealthy, and armed with long-range missiles.
Its design is similar to US fighter jets, stoking concerns that the Chinese military used ‘stolen’ plans obtained by hackers to develop the stealth plane and further drive its military ambitions.
Experts have said that the plane represents a leap forward in China’s ability to project power in Asia, and will compete with US military technology.
China is set to overtake the US as the world’s top aviation market in the next decade.