Fighter Jet Signals China’s Military Advances – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor:

China unveiled the locally built Jian-10 last week, saying it narrows the gap with advanced nations.

A sleek, swept-wing fighter-bomber dubbed the “Jian-10,” unveiled here last week, is more than just another jet plane. It is China’s calling card, announcing Beijing’s arrival among the top ranks of military manufacturers.

Powered by Chinese engines and firing Chinese precision-guided missiles, the locally built Jian-10 has “allowed China to become the fourth country in the world” to have developed such a capability, “narrowing the gap with advanced nations,” boasted Geng Ruguang, deputy general manager of the plane’s manufacturer, Avic-I.[Full Text]

January 12, 2007 8:23 AM
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