The J-15 is the heaviest active carrier-based fighter jet in the world. Photo: AFP

China military’s new Shandong aircraft carrier set to have smaller fighter jet force than expected

  • CCTV footage indicates that the vessel might have just 24 J-15s on board rather than the 36 previously expected
  • The carrier also needs more time to get up to minimum operational speed, observers say
Topic |   China's military weapons

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The J-15 is the heaviest active carrier-based fighter jet in the world. Photo: AFP
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.