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China unveils super-secret stealth fighter designed to challenge F-35 Lightning

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China is finally taking the wraps off its super-secret stealth fighter – the FC-31 – which is designed challenge the Mk 2 F-35 Lightnings used by British and US forces.Pictures of the previously classified fifth-generation combat jet were published in official state newspaper Global Times.They show an early version of the plane being tested on a “concrete carrier” mock-up of China’s new Type 003 aircraft carrier in Shanghai.Observers have also spotted a prototype of China’s new KJ-600 airborne early warning & Control plane – the Chinese Navy’s equivalent of the US.

Navy’s E-2D Hawkeye – being tested on the “concrete carrier”.The specialised airstrip, built near Wuhan around 10 years ago, was created to test every aspect of carrier.

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