Chinese jets train over Tibet

March 22nd, 2012 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 22 (IANS) J-10 fighters of the Chinese Air Force have conducted ground attack training over the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the first operation of its kind, it was reported Thursday.

According to a report and photos released by the PLA Daily, the ground crew of the J-10 regiment fueled the fighters and loaded ammunition on the 3,500-meter-high plateau at temperatures below -20 C.

The fighters scrambled and attacked the targets with conventional bombs and laser-guided bombs. Sorties were made both during the day and at night, Global Times said.

Wednesday’s reports were the second time that state media released photos of the J-10 fighter using laser-guided bombs.

In a joint massive live fire drill in October that incorporated air forces and air defense units as well as armour and artillery units, also held in Tibet, the J-10 showed off its precise ground attack ability, the ministry of defense said on its website.

The J-10’s activities on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have been relatively frequent in the past months, it said.

The J-10’s primary air combat weapon, the active radar homing mid-range missile dubbed PL-12, is a fourth generation radar-homing air-to-air missile.

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