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Sunday, April 12, 2015

China's J-31 stealth fighter may have VTOL capability: expert

J-31 GyrfalconIn building up its military might in the South China Sea, China is likely to re-design its second fifth-generation stealth fighter, the J-31, with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, according to Vasily Kashin, a Russian military expert cited in the Moscow-based Sputnik News.

China is constructing its first amphibious assault ship to prepare the People's Liberation Army Navy for possible conflict in the disputed regions of the South China Sea.

Once construction of the vessel is completed, only fighters with vertical takeoff and landing gear will be able to deploy aboard the amphibious assault ship's flight deck.

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