China’s multirole J-10C fighter jet began combat duty on Monday, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced.
The domestically developed aircraft is China’s third-generation supersonic fighter equipped with an advanced avionics system and various airborne weapons.
The fighter has airstrike capabilities within medium and close range, and is capable of precisely striking land and maritime targets, according to a PLA air force statement.
The fighter will “enrich the air force’s offensive and defensive system, and improve its capability to fulfill duties and missions,” the statement said.
“The PLA air force will advance training and war readiness, and sharpen its striking, defensive and air delivery capabilities,” air force spokesperson Shen Jinke told Xinhua News Agency. “It will also firmly safeguard China’s airspace security and national strategic interests in the new era.”
The J-10C fighter jet debuted last July during the PLA’s 90th anniversary activities at Zhurihe military training base in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.