Is China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Training to Fight the U.S. Navy?
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China has sent its most advanced fighter jet on a new kind of training mission. This week Chinese state media reported, citing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force spokesperson, that its J-20 is undergoing an at sea training program. “The J-20 has conducted a combat training mission in sea areas for the first time, and this has further strengthened the comprehensive combat capability of the PLA Air Force,” Shen Jinke, the PLAAF spokesperson, was quoted as saying. He added that the J-20 has already participated in simulated combat drills with other PLAAF planes, including the J-16 and J-10C. With regards to at sea training, the Global Times quoted military expert Song Zhongping as explaining: “The J-20 is a multifunctional fighter jet, so apart from air combat, it also needs to be capable of attacking targets at sea and on the ground, which means training at sea area is essential.” In fact, according to Song, at sea combating training is a “compulsory course” for the entire PLA. This makes sense as nearly any conceivable clash with China’s primary military competitor, the United States, would entail combat over the sea. This includes fighting over Taiwan, the South China Sea, or the East China Sea, as well as defending the Chinese mainland. Recommended: This Is How China Would Invade Taiwan (And How to Stop It). Recommended: North Korea’s Most Lethal Weapon Isn’t Nukes. Recommended: 5 Worst Guns Ever Made. The J-20 fighter jet is China’s most advanced combat aircraft. Beijing said it had attained initial operational capability back in February of this year. In theory, the J-20 is supposed to be one of China’s two fifth-generation fighters. However, according to a report in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the W-15 engine that was intended to power the J-20 exploded during testing, and Beijing has yet to be able to fix the defect. As such, the initi…