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Monday, June 22, 2015

China's J-11 fighter jet 'may find new role in South China Sea'

J-11 (Su-27) Flanker BThe military began developing the Soviet-model fighter jet 25 years ago, but it could get added lift if deployed in the contested South China Sea

China might station its J-11 fighter jets in the disputed South China Sea once work on several runways on reclaimed land there is complete, analysts say.

The deployment in the Spratly Islands, which China calls the Nanshas, would dramatically extend the reach of the nation's military beyond its southernmost base at Sanya on Hainan Island. However, experts say the jet would be limited to a defensive role because it is an older model outclassed by aircraft in the US Air Force.

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