Lately there is news being circulated on some Chinese media platforms that China has a third stealth fighter jet, J-18 undergoing a trial flight test. J-18 is reported to a STOVL version of the J-31 stealth fighter, which went on its maiden test last month.
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (simplified Chinese: 中国人民解放军空军; traditional Chinese: 中國人民解放軍空軍; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Jiěfàngjūn Kōngjūn) is the aerial warfare service branch of the People’s Liberation Army, the military of the People’s Republic of China. The PLAAF was officially established on 11 November 1949. As of 2010, the PLAAF has a strength of around 330,000 personnel and is the largest air force in Asia. With ongoing modernisation, all older aircraft types in service are quickly being phased out and emphasis being placed on developing modern 4.5th generation fighters to replace them – along with 5th generation fighters in the near future. If current trends continue and the United States Air Force pursue plans to replace larger numbers of F-15 tactical fighters with fewer numbers of F-22 Raptor’s then the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is set to, in numerical terms, have the largest (“tier-one”) tactical fighter force in the world.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy maintains its own naval air arm (the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force), operating some 450 aircraft, of which around 290 are fighter aircraft.Beijing Military Region
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China (Listeni/ˈtʃaɪnə/; Chinese: 中国; pinyin: Zhōngguó), officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The PRC also claims Taiwan — which is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC), a separate political entity — as its 23rd province, a claim controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan and the unresolved Chinese Civil War.