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J-16 to be deployed in S. China Sea, foreign media

J-16 to be deployed in S. China Sea, foreign media

By Yu Runze, Sina English


According to Kanwa Defense Review report, China recently disclosed its J-16 fighter jets which would be equipped in air units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.   

The fighter is believed to be the most powerful one among the aircraft in commission. However, the specific deployment of the jets is still unknown.   

But the article predicted that “after PLA Navy air units complete their deployment in the East China Sea, they will focus on the South China Sea and the J-16 fighter jets is likely to be dispatched to the region.”   

J-16 fighter jet has a combat radius of 1,500 kilometers, which means PLA navy could strike any vessels in areas of 1,500 kilometers from the coast. With its excellent naval strike capacity, the fighters will deter foreign naval vessels.

The jet is manufactured by the aircraft factory Shenyang Aircraft Co and it is a copy of Russian Su-30MK2.   

It’s reported that China has 16 such fighters by now and will produce 8 more.

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