Picture of New Chinese Stealth Fighter Turns up Online
September 19, 2012 9:31 AM
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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
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
. 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.
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
. 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.
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RE: Stolen or Not
9/19/2012 11:30:45 AM
It also presumes it was achieved by some over-the-internet hack.
Chinese spies have been caught operating here before; we've got some in prison. Someone on the inside being on the take is probably just as likely. When a key individual is a foreign agent it can be hard to stop theft (though I know a lot of effort goes in to trying).
I recall a story from maybe 7 or 8 years ago, cops raided a trailer, on drug charges I think against some guy, and found a bunch of Q-level security clearance documents, nuclear warhead designs and all, belonging not to the drug addict but his girlfriend that admitted taking home (to her trailer park..) the documents to file them or some such.
She was no Chinese spy, just retarded, and knew she was breaking the law. But there they were, in a random trailer park, our closest nuclear secrets. Even the best laid policies can't stop stupid. :P
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
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January 12, 2011, 7:35 AM
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