China displays J-20 jet missiles for the first time at airshow: Report

Big deals inked at Airshow China Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Shanghai, China Nov 12, 2018, 09.10 AM (IST)

On the last day of China's 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) in Zhuhai, the country showed its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet to the public, for the first time, the Global Times newspaper reported on Monday.

The newspaper said two J-20 fighter jets opened their missile bay doors during a flypast on Monday, revealing that each jet had four missiles in its fuselage and one on either side of the aircraft.

Citing Chinese experts, the newspaper said the demonstration, which came on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Air Force, displayed the J-20's superiority to the top US fighter jets, the F-22 and F-35, as well as the PLA's growing confidence.

It also quoted 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.

Meanwhile, deals worth more than 140 billion yuan (about 20.12 billion US dollars) were signed at the largest airshow

The six-day exhibition concluded Sunday in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province. During the exhibition, 239 aircraft were traded, according to the organizer.

A total of 770 firms, including Boeing and Airbus, from 43 countries and regions participated in the event. The audience number reached about 450,000, including about 150,000 professional audience members.

The event had an indoor and outdoor exhibition area of about 500,000 square meters, with 146 aircraft from home and abroad displayed.
 

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The six-day exhibition concluded Sunday in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province. During the exhibition, 239 aircraft were traded, according to the organizer.