A replica of a Chinese Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter recently appeared at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport in Georgia, The Aviationist reported.
The US Air Force confirmed the existence of the mock aircraft Sunday, telling reporters that it was for training purposes.
That the armed forces is training with a “full-scale replica” of a J-20 suggests that the US military is taking Chinese defense developments seriously.
A mysterious photograph that surfaced last week appeared to show China’s top stealth fighter sitting at a US military airbase in Georgia.
The apparent Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon was spotted at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport last Wednesday, The Aviationist reported, citing a photo provided by an unnamed source. The US Air Force confirmed Sunday the existence of the aircraft.
What Appears To Be A Fake Chinese J-20 Mighty Dragon Allegedly Spotted At U.S. Base https://t.co/Yp5Z5JJoNi pic.twitter.com/rx8Aj9PNoN
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“It is a full-scale replica,” Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, Commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center, explained to The Aviationist, further explaining that the US Marine Corps “is funding and directing the training objectives of this device.”
The training tool was located at the Savannah Air Dominance Center from Dec. 4 to 6. The exact purpose of the replica is not publicly known.
The initial photograph caused a lot of speculation, with some observers suggesting that the photo was doctored and others guessing that the aircraft was a movie prop. That the mock aircraft is real and serves as a training tool for Marines suggest that the US is taking Chinese defense developments quite seriously, The Aviationist posited.
The focus of the 2018 National Defense Strategy is great power competition, specifically the challenges posed by Russia’s resurgence and China’s rise in Asia.
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Source:: Business Insider