China military says US F-22 stealth fighters detected

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Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) The Chinese military has claimed it was able to detect US F-22 stealth fighter jets, a media report said.

Several fighters from East China Sea Fleet patrolled around the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea after receiving orders that unidentified tracking occurred near the ADIZ on the morning of February 10, the People’s Daily on Thursday quoted the PLA Daily as saying in a report.

The report said that helicopters from a carrier-based helicopter brigade along with the carrier patrolled around the area and missiles were placed on fighters on duty at nearby military airports which were prepared to take off for combat.

However, the report did not disclose which country the objects belong to or other relevant information.

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Chinese military expert Yin Zhuo said that if the unidentified objects appearing near ADIZ over the East China Sea turned out to be F-22 from the US, it would be a good opportunity for China’s military to practise its ability to find, identify and intercept stealth fighters.

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