China just released impressive images of its air force in action


Photo: Xinhuanet

China just released a gallery of photos showcasing their airborne military might. The images depict Beijing's domestically made jet fighters flying in impressive aerial formations. Some of the planes are fully armed.

China has been heavily investing in its military in recent years, developing high-end weapons systems and building landing strips for their aircraft in the South China Sea. Chinese president Xi Jinping has also been cracking down on  alleged corruption in the military.

The photos were released not long before a September 3 military parade commemorating the end of World War II, itself part of a larger series of anniversary events that some observers have characterized as a nationalistic distortion of history.

These pictures, released by China's state news service, Xinhuanet, reveal the extent of China's domestic military aircraft development, a crucial element in its efforts to become Asia's unquestioned military and strategic power.

The Chinese Chengdu JF-17 is a multi-role fighter introduced as an upgrade to the J-7, a reworking of the 1950s Soviet Mig-29.

Photo: Xinhuanet

The J-11s also are based on Soviet models — they strongly resemble the Sukhoi-30, which debuted in 1989.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Here's what an armed J-11 looks like.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Here, J-11s fly in formation above the Chinese countryside.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Chinese J-11s fly in formation.

Photo: Xinhuanet

J-11 jets streak across the sky.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Here are two J-10s, multirole aircraft meant to replace the older J-7.

Photo: Xinhuanet

J-10s ascend in tight formation, using colored smoke to create a brilliant aerial display.

Photo: Xinhuanet

A view of the J-10s from the ground

Photo: Xinhuanet

This is a JH-7 "Flying Leopard," a lightweight, twin engine fighter/bomber that was introduced into service in 1990.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Here's the plane flying in formation.

Photo: Xinhuanet

More from Business Insider:

This article originally appeared at Business Insider Defense. Copyright 2015. Follow BI Defense on Twitter.