BEIJING (Agencies) — The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative, utilizing an elite combat unit to train J-20 pilots. This strategic move comes in conjunction with the delivery of the state-of-the-art stealth fighter jet to multiple units. Experts assert that this training regimen will not only enhance combat readiness but also elevate pilots to the role of commanders.

  • Wang Hai Air Group: Pioneering Excellence

As the first combat unit to commission J-20 fighter jets, the Wang Hai Air Group has been at the forefront of exploring the aircraft’s multifaceted capabilities. Their endeavors include validating combat missions under extreme weather conditions, setting a precedent for operational excellence. China Central Television (CCTV) recently reported on these groundbreaking efforts.

  • The J-20: More Than a Fighter Jet

The J-20 represents China’s cutting-edge domestically developed stealth fighter jet. Its intricate combat systems span various fields of study. Lieutenant Colonel Yang Juncheng, speaking in a CCTV report, emphasized that the J-20 is not merely a fighter jet; it serves as a critical node for aerial command. Consequently, the training program aims to cultivate not only combatants but also adept aerial commanders.

  • Equipping and Empowering

Having outfitted all its pilots with J-20s, the Wang Hai Air Group has established a comprehensive training system. Beyond their own ranks, they have assisted numerous other units in mastering the intricacies of flying and operating the J-20. This collaborative effort positions the Wang Hai Air Group as a talent reservoir for the PLA Air Force’s new aircraft training initiatives.

  • Stealth Jets Across the Nation

In a significant milestone, the PLA Air Force announced in September 2022 that an increasing number of J-20s were entering active service. These stealth aircraft have been deployed across all theater commands—Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central—solidifying China’s commitment to bolstering its combat capabilities.

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