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The Air Force Says China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Nothing ‘To Lose a Lot of Sleep Over

J-20 Stealth Fighter. Image Credit: Chinese Military.
J-20 Stealth Fighter. Image Credit: Chinese Military.

The J-20 stealth fighter came on the scene roughly a year ago and gives China a major upgrade in overall combat capability in the sky for a simple reason: the plane is stealthy. However, it does not seem like the Air Force is too concerned – or at least does not want to show it: 

The rapid expansion of China’s fighter fleet has alarmed its rivals, but its most advanced jet, the J-20, isn’t too much of a concern, the top US Air Force officer in the Pacific said this week.

“It’s their most modern aircraft. We’ve had a limited opportunity to assess it. It seems OK,” Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, the head of Pacific Air Forces, said Monday at the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

The J-20 was introduced in 2017 and is China’s first fifth-generation fighter. Like other Chinese military aircraft, it faces technological challenges, most notably underpowered engines.

Beijing, however, continues to develop the jet, making plans to add a better engine and sending it on longer-range operations.

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Christopher Woody writes and edits stories on military issues, defense policy, and foreign affairs. He is based in Washington, DC.