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China deployed J-16 fighter jets on joint patrol with Russia: report


China deployed the J-16 fighter jets on a joint patrol with Russia, the Global Times reported.

The H-6K bomber also took part in the exercise together with the Russian Tu-95MS bomber. The jets took part in the exercise over the Sea of ​​Japan, East China Sea and Western Pacific last Tuesday.

It was the fourth joint patrol between the two countries since 2019 under strategic cooperation. The Russian Defense Ministry said SU-30 fighter jets also took part in the exercise.

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Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Chinese and Russian fighter jets flew near Japan during the Quad Summit. Kishi had added that “two Chinese bombers joined two Russian bombers in the Sea of ​​Japan”.

The Chinese newspaper said that the J-16 fighter carries two PL-10 short-range combat missiles, the J-16 can carry out long-range air-to-air missiles.

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The J-16 is a long-range fighter aircraft. The Chinese newspaper acknowledged that the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force monitored the Sino-Russian joint patrol.

The Chinese newspaper quoted an expert as saying that more advanced equipment could be on display in the upcoming joint exercise, such as the J-20 stealth fighter and Russian Su-57 stealth fighters.

(With agency contributions)

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