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China Claims to Have Landed First Plane on Aircraft Carrier

7:56 AM, Nov 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Chinese military claims for the first time to have landed a plane on an aircraft carrier, the state media outlet Xinhua reports.

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China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said," says Xinhua.

"A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said."

The Chinese also claim to have a new airplane, with impressive capablities. "The successful flight landing also marked the debut of the J-15 as China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet, the PLA Navy said," reports Xinhua.

"Designed by and made in China, the J-15 is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs. The J-15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, military experts estimated."

The outlet has published pictures from the event, accessible here.

Ironically, however, while the article cites "naval sources," the reporter's dateline aboard the Liaoning aircraft carrier.

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