China Lands First Jet On Its Aircraft Carrier

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, sailors stand at attention on the deck of China's aircraft carrier "Liaoning" in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, as China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zha Chunming, File)

China's official news agency says the country has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier.

Xinhua News Agency says the landing exercise marked the debut of a J-15 fighter jet, a carrier-based fighter-bomber developed by China.

Citing unnamed naval sources, Xinhua said Sunday that the carrier platform and J-15 capabilities met all requirements and achieved "good compatibility."

Xinhua says the J-15 is able to carry anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and precision-guided bombs.

China's Liaoning ship formally entered into service in September, underscoring China's ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power. But it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.

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