January 5, 2011 / 2:37 PM / 7 years ago

US casts doubt on images of Chinese stealth fighter

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - China is still years away from being able to field a stealth aircraft, despite the disclosure of images indicating that it appears to have a working prototype, a U.S. Navy official said on Wednesday.

Asked when China would be able to field the jet, Vice Admiral David Dorsett, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and Director of Naval Intelligence, said it would be years.

He did not immediately comment on the authenticity of the images published in The Wall Street Journal.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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