China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper.
China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. Credit: english.sina.com
On Sunday, the South China Morning Postreported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is likely to use the J-11 fighter jet to patrol the Spratly Islands, where China has undertaken a massive land reclamation project on seven reefs and rocks.
“As a long-range strike aircraft, the J-11 should be sent to the South China Sea," Huang Zhao, a former Air Force pilot, told SCMP.
Indeed, SCMP goes on to note that: “The J-11s have a range of 1,500km, which can be extended with additional fuel tanks. Setting up operations on the islands would move the reach of the air force about 1,000 km further south, and in conjunction with the Liaoning aircraft carrier, take China towards its stated goal of moving away from offshore defense to open-sea protection.”