China hails development of fighter jet, other defense technologies – AP

 Arm Airppane J10-03 From AP, via The International Herald Tribune:

China on Friday hailed the development of its Jian-10 fighter jet, aircraft engines and advanced air-to-air missiles as proof it had soared into the top levels of aerospace defense technology.

China “has become the world’s fourth country that is capable of developing on its own advanced fighter planes, engines and missiles,” Geng Ruguang, deputy general manager of China Aviation Industry Corp., was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Geng made the comments at a news conference in Beijing on Friday where the state-run aerospace company, known as AVIC I, unveiled a model of the Jian-10 and ran a 5 minute video clip of the plane taking off, landing, flying and firing missiles, Xinhua said. [Full Text]

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