Military Capabilities

China deploys J-10 fighters to Woody Island, says report

24 June 2019

Commercial satellite imagery captured on 19 June shows that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed at least four Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group J-10 multirole fighter aircraft to Woody Island in the South China Sea (SCS), according to a 21 June report by CNN.

The move, which comes amid tensions between Washington and Beijing, marks China's first known deployment of J-10s to the disputed island in the Paracels.

This is, however, not the first deployment of combat aircraft to the Paracel Islands, with Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11 multirole fighters being spotted on Woody Island, which is known as Yongxing in China, as recently as 4 June 2019 and 12 May 2018, suggesting a semi-permanent presence of J-11s there, possibly as part of a regular rotation.

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