Saturday, April 29, 2006

Defense: China tests advanced fighter plane

Xinhua news agency reports that an advanced version of the China-developed new-generation fighter plane, the Xiaolong/FC-4, succeeded in its first flight on Friday in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The plane is equipped with advanced electronics and weapons systems, which improve its combat capabilities, say experts.

The Xiaolong series is a multipurpose light fighter aircraft developed by the China Aviation Industry Corporation I(CAIC-I), the Chengdu Aircraft Group Corp. and China Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation.