China’s international radio station Voice of Strait says in its report on March 11 that Sun Cong, a CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top advisory body) member who is chief designer of J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, disclosed to the station’s reporters in an interview that China’s next generation of carrier-based fighter jet may emerge before 2020.
J-15 carrier-based fighter jet
J-15 is China’s first generation of carrier-based fighter jet. It is a heavy fighter jet with twin engines. It emerged on China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning on November 25, 2012, much earlier than predicted by experts abroad. Sun says China is now training pilots for J-15. The major task for J-15 now is to obtain combat capabilities.
In Sun’s view, for national revival, China has to be strong in both economy and national defense. There has to be strength of national defense to protect and escort China’s peaceful development.