China`s new fighter jet J-15 has range of 3,000 km

Last Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:04

Beijing: Chinese fighter jet J-15, which successfully landed on the country`s first aircraft carrier, has a range of about 3,000 km without refueling and strong sea-air combat capability, said an official.

Zhang Junshe, deputy director of the country`s Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the People`s Daily that the successful takeoff and landing of the J-15 is a clear sign of an increase in the fighting capacity of the aircraft carrier.

Carrier-based aircraft is an important symbol of the fighting capacity of an aircraft carrier, he said.

Zhang said the J-15 is China`s first generation of independently developed carrier-based aircraft.

It is a third-generation fighter with strong sea-air combat capability and supersonic speeds. It can carry multiple types of long-range anti-ship and air-to-air missiles.

The J-15 has a range of about 3,000 km without refueling, and thus has strong long-range combat capability, said the media report.

After the successful takeoff and landing of the carrier-based aircraft, the navy will now test other components of the carrier battle group.

IANS



First Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:04

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