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: What's so hard about copying?
9/20/2012 3:04:19 AM
Why not. China has fake Apple stores, fake IKEA stores, they're experts at copying stuff badly and selling it at a fraction of the price of the original.
Most satellite reception equipment made in China is a copy of either a Russian, Korean, or Japanese design and reboxed with hacked firmware. I've seen knockoff speed skates that look like American, Italian and Australian designs except they're 1/3 the price and inferior quality.
Nothing they do is original these days.
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