Model of China's latest fighter jet unveiled in Beijing

2008-07-17 10:45:12 GMT       2008-07-17 18:45:12 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A full-size model of the Jian-10, China's most advanced fighter aircraft, debuted on Wednesday in front of the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (CAICI) headquarter.

The plane was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by the CAICI to become the major attraction of the "Garden of CAICI," according to Huanqiu Website. (mil.huanqiu.com).

The jet was posed at a sharp angle, which enabled it to showcase every detail of its equipment, the website said.

Its most remarkable feature was a pair of Pili-12 air-to-air missiles, which demonstrated its upgraded loading capacity, it added.

Jian-10, a single-seat, single-engine multi-role military jet, was co-developed by the CAICI and Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI). It entered service to huge fanfare in December 2006.

As ground-breaking work crafted by Chinese scientists, pictures of Jian-10 have featured prominently on many websites, in magazines and newspapers, but few people have been able to see it in real life.

The model plane will be a feast for people's eyes as well as inspire them to love aviation and make contribution to the country's aviation industry.

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