China’s pursuit of military prowess has reached a notable milestone as recent footage unveiled the J-20 stealth jet firing a missile for the first time.

This landmark event showcases how far Beijing has reached in terms of advancing its combat readiness and marking a significant stride in its defense capabilities.

The Evolution of the J-20

The Chengdu J-20, also known as Mighty Dragon, is a formidable symbol of China’s aerospace advancements and has gradually evolved toward operationalization since its maiden flight more than twelve years ago.

The Chinese stealth jet first emerged in the late 1990s J-XX program, and by 2008, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) sanctioned the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation’s what was then called Project 718.

Chengdu Aerospace leveraged previous design concepts, such as the double-canard configuration seen in the canceled J-9 from the 1970s and the successful J-10, in conceptualizing the J-20.