Air Force Spokesman: Highlights of Airshow China 2018

China Military Online
Yao Jianing
The file photo taken on Oct. 31, 2016 shows a Y-20 plane, China's homegrown large transport aircraft, on the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Nov. 1 to 6) in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Oct. 31, 2016. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)

By Li Jianwen

BEIJING, Nov. 5 (ChinaMil) -- The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) will be held from November 6 to November 11 in the southern port city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. The new fighter jets and various active main battle equipment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will be on display at the air show. Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesman for the PLA Air Force, delivered some information on November 2 about the PLA Air Force’s participation in the air show.

Public flight display of J-20 and Y-20

The spotlight at the Airshow China 2018 is on a flight demo of the J-20 fighter jet, a new generation of stealth fighter jet independently developed by China. It made its debut during a flyby in the Airshow China 2016. J-20 fighter jets have been gradually commissioned into the PLA Air Force’s combat troops, and this will further enhance the PLA Air Force’s comprehensive operational capabilities.

Y-20 is a large, multi-purpose military transport aircraft independently developed by China. It can handle long-range tasks including transporting various materials and personnel under complex weather conditions. The formal deployment of Y-20 marks a breakthrough in the independent development of strategic air delivery equipment in China.

Aerobatic stunts by August 1st and Red Eagle Aerobatic Teams

The August 1st Aerobatic Team of the PLA Air Force and the Red Eagle Aerobatic Team from the Aviation University of the PLA Air Force will perform a series of aerobatic stunts along with other international aerobatic teams during the air show.

The August 1st Aerobatic Team will fly with J-10 fighter jets, which are China's home-made third-generation aircraft. Established in 2011, the Red Eagle Aerobatic Team will make its maiden appearance at the air show.

Systematic demonstration of PLA Air Force's active main battle equipment

The PLA Air Force's active main battle equipment will be displayed systematically. The H-6K strategic bomber, frequently seen in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Western Pacific in recent years, as well as the KJ-500 early warning aircraft, J-10B fighter jet, transport aircraft Y-9, and WZ-10K attack helicopter will be on static display at the show.

In addition, China will unveil its GJ-2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the air show. The domestically-developed GJ-2 is a medium- and high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance-strike drone, which has played an important role in border patrol and the anti-terrorism fight.

Such air defense and anti-missile equipment as the HQ-9B and HQ-22 air defense missile systems that highlight the Chinese Air Force's air defense and anti-missile capabilities will also be shown at the air show.


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