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The People"s Liberation Army Air Force has commissioned the YY-20, a large aerial refueling aircraft, which observers said will extensively enhance the service's operational capability. Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesman for the PLA Air Force, said at a news conference on Sunday in Beijing that the YY-20 tanker aircraft recently carried out aerial refueling exercises with the J-16 strike fighter above the sea, and the operations helped to improve combat training. The tanker is a variant of China's Y-20 strategic transport plane. Like the Y-20, the new tanker is a product of the State-owned defense contractor Aviation Industry Corp of

The People"s Liberation Army Air Force has commissioned the YY-20 large aerial refueling aircraft, which observers said will extensively enhance the service's operational capability. Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesman for the PLA Air Force, said at a news conference on Sunday in Beijing the YY-20 has recently carried out aerial refueling exercises with the J-16 strike fighter above the sea and the operations helped improve combat training. The tanker is a variant of China's Y-20 strategic transport plane. Like the Y-20, the new tanker is product of the State-owned defense contractor Aviation Industry Corp of China. As part of China's

A Chinese defense spokesperson said on Wednesday that a joint aerial patrol held by Chinese and Russian militaries on Tuesday "didn"t target any third party and was unrelated to current global or regional situations". Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks in response to a media report that the exercise involving Chinese and Russian air forces was connected to the situation in Ukraine. On Tuesday night, the ministry announced that the People's Liberation Army Air Force and Russian Air Force conducted a joint strategic aerial patrol over the Sea of Japan, the East