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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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RE: What's so hard about copying?
By hankw on 9/19/2012 10:01:39 AM , Rating: 5
Probably similar to the way Samsung must have "stolen" Apple's designs. (yes I went there)

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By V-Money on 9/19/2012 10:51:02 AM , Rating: 5
Probably similar to the way Samsung must have "stolen" Apple's designs. (yes I went there)

So you are saying that their fighter is superior to ours? ;-)

By Cypherdude1 on 9/22/2012 3:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Every news source says "they totally hacked and stole the designs for the f-35 and f-22, that's why they look so similar"

Yes, the Chinese government has employed hackers who have been able to hack into US government and private firm computers. Our government has been criminally negligent in computer security enforcement. I think they have been so incompetent, they simply don't want to admit it. Furthermore, don't forget the espionage side of it. The Chinese have also been buying schematics and materials compositions from paid informants. Every single time the USA creates a new technology, the Chinese don't have to do any research to match it. They simply steal it on the cheap.

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By Uncle on 9/19/12, Rating: 0
By imaheadcase on 9/19/2012 12:21:18 PM , Rating: 5
We don't have to do any of that, china does that internally enough so we don't have to.

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By MZperX on 9/19/2012 12:37:12 PM , Rating: 5
Wow, you seem to have issues man. Way to turn a discussion about a Chinese jet into an anti-American rant. Got a chip on your shoulder? Oh what the hell, just let the butthurt flow through you...

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By Uncle on 9/19/12, Rating: -1
By dark matter on 9/19/2012 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
He makes a valid point that you have yet to offer any alternative.

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By nocturne_81 on 9/21/2012 7:31:57 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, China has had a long harsh history of being cut up and subjugated by western influences, including the USA. It's pretty damn s####y what we've done to them, and they certainly have their reasons to hate us.

RE: What's so hard about copying?
By Ammohunt on 9/24/2012 2:12:23 PM , Rating: 1
You must be a product of modern revisionist history books because i am not aware of any instance where the united states "cut up" the Chinese. We helped liberate them from Japan in the 40ies only to fight off their communist aggression in Korea and later via a proxy war in Vietnam. They have been on the wrong side of freedom more often then not since Mao arrived and deserve all the criticism they have received.

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