The carrier-borne fighter jet force of the People"s Liberation Army Navy has made a huge leap toward gaining full combat capability, as its pilots have fulfilled night landings on the CNS Liaoning aircraft carrier.
The navy released video footage Thursday night showing J-15 fighter jets taking off and landing on the Liaoning, saying this is a major breakthrough in the carrier force"s development. It did not elaborate.
Night landing on a carrier is much more difficult than landing during the day, because it challenges a pilot"s skills and experience in addition to their psychological capability, experts explained, noting a carrier-borne fighter jet pilot must be able to carry out night landings before he or she gains around-the-clock operational certification.
Chinese pilots made their first day landing operations on a carrier in November 2012 on the Liaoning, currently the navy"s sole carrier, which went into service in September that year.
Presently, dozens of J-15 pilots have become qualified to operate aboard the carrier in daytime, according to the navy.wristband maker 24 hour wristbands festival wristbands for sale tyvek wristbands london batman wristband