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