China is set to buy an additional seven new F-35 jets, according to defense companies.
The announcement was made by the Defense Ministry on Thursday.
It comes just days after the Pentagon said it is considering buying a second squadron of F-16 fighters.
“The China Aircraft Industry Group is set for the procurement of an additional 7 additional fighter aircraft,” a statement from the Defense Industry Department said.
“The number of aircraft and variants will not be specified.
The aircraft will be based on the Boeing F-22 Raptor.
The F-18 Super Hornet, F-15 Eagle, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and F-4E/E/K Super Hornets are the only two airframes that are in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The third aircraft will include the Chengdu J-20 and J-31.”
The announcement comes just a few weeks after China reportedly announced a $100 billion defense deal with Japan.
The deal is expected to help China secure a massive amount of U.S. defense equipment.