By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
The public recently got an up-to-date glimpse of the J-20 AKA Mighty Dragon performing aerial maneuvers over an unspecified region of China's airspace.
Some of you might remember that it was around this time a year ago that the first photos and a video of China's rumored J-20 stealth figther surfaced on numerous web sites and blogs. Not too long after, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Chinese president Hu Jintao openly acknowledged to him to that the Chinese military had indeed just completed a 15-minute test flight.
Since then, things quieted down a bit. That is until last week, when the public got an up-to-date glimpse of the J-20 AKA Mighty Dragon. The latest snapshots show the aircraft performing aerial maneuvers over an unspecified region of China's airspace. While a fully operational fighter jet won't be ready for a while, perhaps for even a decade, Business Insider reports that "the prototype is said to be using the Saturn AL-31 turbofan engine developed by the Russians for their Su-27 air superiority fighter."
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However, many big questions remain. Although the recent announcement that China will boost defense spending by 11 percent shows increased commitment to strengthening their military force, what's less obvious is how the stealth fighter plays into the grander scheme of things. For instance, no one outside of the Chinese military knows for sure why China is developing the J-20 and what officials will eventually use it for.
According to a report in Aviation Week:
There is another, more fundamental question: What is the J-20 for? The fighter is large for air combat—but China, simply because of geographical factors, doesn’t face an adversary fighter force of the kind that the F-22 was designed to counter. At the same time, the J-20 weapon bays are not large enough for most standoff air-to-surface weapons. One possibility is that the J-20 is intended to threaten intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets and tankers, by using stealth and speed to defeat their escorts.
Answers will likely emerge in due time. But for now, everyone will have to keep a close eye on the skies.
(via Business Insider)
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Mar 13, 2012
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Stealthy attack plane? Nope. Just a test aircraft used primarily to learn how to detect and defend against enemy stealth. Once that has been learned and is incorporated into all defense weaponry stealth becomes redundant and slow compared to ordinary and updated short- and long-range jet fighters -- most likely, in China's case, UAVs controlled by pilots on the ground -- which, no doubt, the Chinese are able to quickly manufacture by the thousands. Stealth will soon be as outdated as using observation balloons to check the skies for enemy aircraft.
maybe they have read about the pentagon's doctrine of full-spectrum dominance (under the sea, on the sea, on land, in the air, and in outer space). maybe they've noticed the warning that the US intends to remain a presence in the china seas, something like china having a fleet in the gulf of mexico and around the bahamas. maybe they know that china and russia are targeted as not just potential, but inevitable, "enemies", and that russia is being circled by US bases as was the USSR in earlier times. syria is on the brink of being attacked by NATO, and iran could be next. i'm just saying, but the chinese might want to have stealth tech of their own, just in case.
Modern jet fighter are fantastically expensive to develop. The US aerospace industry only has 2 companies with the financial resources to develop 1st rate fighters, the EU only 3 companies. China has a mission(s) in mind to justify the equivalent effort & expense although it doesn't fit Western operational concepts.
If your country's land still occupied by Japenese, then you would not say such stupid thing. You know, Japan has better equipped fighter planes in Asia. It has more fighters jets than China as a whole. Japan has more modern ships and subs than China. Why Japan still maintain such high power fighting units since its constitution forbiden to have army? Beside Japan still occupied Chinese land and islands and claimed as their because of 1700's and 1800's treaties. Japan was supposed to return those lands after WII but it refuses to do so because Japan think they were defected by American not Chinese. Beside Japanese is more powerful than China. If China is not going to keep up the arm with Japanese, it will be occupy again by Japanese as you hear their voices keep reminding who is the boss in Asia.
I don't know where your getting your numbers from except for perhaps some Chinese propaganda, but Japan don't have near the size of an Air Force as China. Japan's military is basically a skeleton crew and they depend on the U.S. for it's protection. Yes, Japan's constitution prohibits an army and only has a Self Defense Force, but nowhere near the size of China's army, the world's largest military force, with approximately 3 million members. Japan's constitution strictly prohibits using it's military for anything other than defense, so put down your Chinese propaganda leaflet and try to access true information over the internet if you can....