Friday, November 30, 2012

China Lands First Jet on Aircraft Carrier


Beijing: The Chinese military has successfully landed a new fighter jet on the Liaoning Aircraft Carrier, according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency. China Central Television showed a video of the J-15 jet landing on the deck of the carrier, which was put into service in September. The video also showed the yellow jet successfully taking off from the carrier. The carrier and jet are a symbol of China's modernization and its desire to extend its combat capacity.

China's military abilities and budget still lag far behind those of the United States.

China bought the carrier years ago called the Varyag from Ukraine and has completed more than 100 training and test programs. The report said the J-15 jet was designed and made in China and is the nation's "first generation multipurpose carrier-borne fighter jet." The jet is comparable to Russia's Su-33 and the United States' F-18, according to Xinhua.

A J-15 fighter jet shown on China's first aircraft carrier .Phot AP

http://www.smh.com.au/world/happy-landing-for-chinas-fighter-jet-20121126-2a2or.html#ixzz2DMuTrNgO

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