BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s prototype stealth fighter, the J-20, has made a rare appearance on screen after a brief shot of it was included in a new Chinese air force recruitment video.
The J-20 had its first test flight in early 2011 – at the same time then-US defence chief Robert Gates was visiting China – but since then few images of it have surfaced.
In the air force video, entitled “Heroes’ Sky” and released on Thursday on Chinese video-sharing websites, the aircraft can been seen very briefly taking off, interspersed between other images of older fighters amid stirringly patriotic slogans.
“The new fighter jets call for new-generation … flying stars,” air force spokesman Shen Jinke told the official Xinhua news agency in a report carried on Friday.
“The film shows the air force’s role in safeguarding state security and maintaining military strategies, and as a responsible great power, China needs to build an air force to maintain regional stability and world peace,” Shen added.
The six-minute film is split into three parts, called “The sky needs you”, “The future belongs to you”, and “The nation calls on you”.