Three PLAAF units are confirmed to have received J-20s in service:
176th brigade, 172nd brigade and 9th brigade.
176th brigade is a tactics development unit.
172nd brigade is an advanced training and combat reserve unit.
9th brigade is a frontline combat unit.
The units that have had J-20s assigned to them give us a gauge of how far along they are with the programme.
We do not know how many J-20s they are producing annually, however the fact that new units are being equipped with J-20s is proof that production is ongoing and total J-20 numbers are growing.
Thanks Blitzo! I do find it odd that we are not seeing any primer birds, confirmed new tail numbers seem to have dried up?? I suppose my real concern is that there are not any solid leads from even anonymous sources??
But, as I said, China has surprised me more than once, and neither do we have any rumors of real troubles? so we may all get a surprise someday soon..
As you may recall initial batch production seemed to hover very firmly at around 4 new birds a year....