The People's Republic of China confirmed Tuesday the first successful flight of the J-20, an advanced stealth fighter-jet prototype marking a major development in the country's military technologies.
The J-20's maiden flight began at Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group and lasted 18 minutes. The prototype, which isn't expected to enter mainstream service for a few years, was accompanied by the Chinese manufactured J-1o fighter.
Experts commenting on the premier of the PRC's first-ever stealth fighter prototype said the J-20 could be a "serious rival" to the US' F-22 Raptor.
Along with the J-20, P.R. China's military is developing sophisticated new warships, submarines, missiles and possibly one or more aircraft carriers.
The People's Daily, the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), released the following photograph of the J-20 prototype:
Sources: People's Daily [Online], Xinhua News Service