New Chinese Stealth Fighter in Testing Phase

Andrei Naeymi-Rad|

Production of the new Chinese prototype J-20 fighter jet has begun its testing phase.  At an airfield in Chengdu, Sichuan Province the Country’s first apparent stealth fighter conducted its first taxiing test.  Although pictures of the new fighter have been circulating the internet for some time now, yesterday’s confirmation shows a sleek design as well as dimensions comparable to the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Even though the Chinese government had made little to no effort in censoring the photographs of its newest generation fighter, its development and testing was little surprise to the US military and was quickly dismissed by officials.  The recent rapid modernization of the Chinese military along with recent reverse engineering of Russian military technology in the fields of unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced anti-ship weaponry highlights China’s rise as not only a global economic power, but a growing military power as well. (ANR)

“The engines are most likely members of the Russian Saturn AL-31F family, also used on the J-10.  The production version will require yet-to-mature indigenous engines.  The Inlets use diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) technology, first adopted for the F-35 but also used by Chengdu on the J-10B – the newest version of the J-10 – and the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder.” (AW)

In addition to the recent unveiling of this stealth fighter program, the recent Wikileaks incident highlights a need for increasing security of US technological secrets.

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