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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 Amiga500 on 9/19/2012 11:08:12 AM , Rating: 3
So don't be surprised to see they find similar solutions to similar problems.

On a detail level, its aerodynamics are nothing like either the F-22 or the F-35. Of course, various bits and pieces are similar to bits found on the F-22 or pieces found on the F-35.

But sticking them together produces a completely different package.

For instance, the fuselage is significantly flatter than F-35, yet incorporates much less forebody contouring than the F-22. The wing trailing edge looks to be a continuous straight edge like the F-35, but yet the wing leading edge has significantly more sweep.

The elevators are also significantly further forward in relation to the nozzle exits than either the F-22 or F-35; which may be a function of longer TVC nozzles or expected elevator authority or of reliance on TVC for primary pitch control.

To flat out call it a copy is well, more a reflection on the (lack of) knowledge of the person saying its a copy than anything else.




By Amiga500 on 9/19/2012 11:10:32 AM , Rating: 3
Now... whether subsystems and equipment under the skin are copied from the F-22, F-35, Rafale, Eurofighter, Gripen etc etc...

... that is an entirely different story.

But its a story that cannot be told by a few photographs. :-)


By Ringold on 9/19/2012 11:37:04 AM , Rating: 2
I really look forward to another 20, 30 years down the road.. When all the people currently involved in all these things is in a nursing home and wants to get a payday to send all the grandkids to college, they'll start spilling all kinds of interesting stories, from 1990-2010. Like 'deep throat' finally letting a book be released.

Not to take away anything from the Cold War generation, they lived with vastly higher stakes, but I think the stories they'll tell will be just as interesting, if not more. Cold War was somewhat static; this has been a crazy 20 year run.


By Manch on 9/24/2012 2:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
You make an excellent point.

Hell, You should have been a Lawyer for Samsung...might have turned out differently for them!


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