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Aircraft looks similar to the F-22 Raptor

A photograph of a second Chinese Stealth fighter has turned up online. It's worth warning, however, that Aviation Week reports faked photographs of Chinese aircraft are notorious. However, the same photograph turned up on some official Chinese publications giving weight to the fact that the photograph is genuine. 
 
We've already seen numerous photographs of another Chinese stealth fighter called the J-20, which has already flown. The new fighter aircraft seen in this photo is clearly different from the J-20. The J-20 has canards on the front, whereas this new aircraft does not.

 
Aviation Week reports that this Chinese aircraft, which looks suspiciously like a Lockheed F-22 Raptor, is a twin-engine single-seat fighter. The aircraft is said to be somewhat shallower in the body than the F-35, but shares a similar span of about 37.5 feet. The estimates on the aircraft size were gleaned from comparing it to the commercial aircraft vehicle towing it on the runway.
 
The aircraft is said to feature a large internal weapons bay and the wings appear to be swept less than 45° on the leading edge according to Aviation Week. The engines are believed to be Klimov RD-93s that were imported from Russia.
 
The new aircraft indicates that China is spending heavily on developing new stealth aircraft to replace its aging fighter jet fleet. The aircraft is thought to be a potential replacement for the Chengdu J-10 that entered service in 2006.

Source: Aviation Week



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By WinstonSmith on 9/19/2012 9:44:51 AM , Rating: 2
Just like the Soviet Buran looked nearly identical to our Shuttle and for the same reason.

Fortunately for us, the user manual for their fighter is incomprehensible.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/19/2012 10:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, I was just thinking about the Buran the other day. For some reason, I was thinking of Tetris single-player on the Gameboy, and how once you got to a certain level it's show a clip of the Buran taking off with a "Congratulations" banner.

Then I said to myself, "Friggin' thieves!" ;)


By WinstonSmith on 9/19/2012 10:16:18 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, but what's really funny is when they trust us so much that they perfectly copy a total piece of junk , like our incredibly stupid M17 gas mask design that had difficult to change filters inside the mask. Our NBC instructors always used to point out how stupid that design was and compare it to vastly better foreign designs which they had to show us:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M17_gas_mask


By Ammohunt on 9/24/2012 2:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
Don't get me started on the M-17 the person(s) who invented that should be beaten. Changing the cheek pouch filters was at least an hour endeavour...I was resigned to the fact that if i we ever were attacked by chemical weapons that i would live as long as the filters would last...2 hours maybe? They got smart though the new masks have twist on filters.


By Shadowself on 9/19/2012 11:54:44 AM , Rating: 2
If they copy it *exactly* and have no way to "read the manual" or interact with it, maybe we need to put a 24/7 body guard on Sigourney Weaver (aka Tawny Madison) so they can't ever talk to it. But then maybe it's not advanced as the Soviet Firefox of 1982 and it's push button operated.


By fic2 on 9/19/2012 12:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
An article on ars about the development of NASA's lifting body spacecraft traces it to Soviet technology. Also, interesting that the U.S. probably would have had serious lifting body spacecraft except for the bureaucracy studying the feasibility to death.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/09/the-long-co...


By johnsmith9875 on 9/20/2012 3:08:06 AM , Rating: 3
The Buran is surprisingly different from the shuttle. The Russians addressed the shortcomings of the shuttle and made significant design changes, such as removing the orbiters engines and instead using the Energiya's heavy lift system. The tiles are larger, and Buran used a different computer system that allowed completely autonomous operation. They flew the thing without pilots and landed it with computers.

The Soviets realized how expensive Buran was and it was as big a mistake as the US Space shuttle, so they canned the project. We went on, spending billions on an obscenely expensive system that didn't really have many benefits other than making the Department of Defense happy.
(The DOD used it to loft their KH-11 keyhole satellites, which incidentally are the same size as the Hubble, but they have SIX of them in orbit)


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