People's Liberation Army Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke confirmed Wednesday that the Chengdu J-20, China's most advanced fighter aircraft, has completed a new stage of testing.
"The J-20 has conducted a combat training mission in sea areas for the first time, and this has further strengthened the comprehensive combat capability of the PLAAF," Shen said, according to Xinhua.
"The J-20's combat training at sea will help the PLAAF better execute its duty to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity," Shen stressed.
Commenting on Wednesday's drills, Chinese military observer Song Zhongping told Global Times that training at sea was essential for the J-20, given that in addition to its air combat role, the fighter is expected to come up against sea- and ground-based targets in the event of war.
The exact specifications for the J-20 are classified, but military experts have said that the planes look like a cross between the American F-22 and the MiG 1.44 prototype.