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: OT a bit - but the FCK1 Fighter is pretty cool looking
9/25/2012 1:11:50 AM
It should look like an F16...General Dynamics did a bunch of the design work.
...as for the above stealth fighter...last I read, the the indigenous turbines for their Su27 knockoff (J-11) were still falling short of designed reliability and TBO's. So they have bought more motors from Russia to fill the gap, since their copy of that motor has performance problems and reportedly QC issues in the manufacturing.
I would guess that some parts of this article,
are conjecture, yet continued orders for Russian motors seemed to confirm a lot said in that article has some truth to it. Also, the Russian designed motors, that the Chinese copies have not matched in reliability, already have depot level refurb intervals that are less than half western equivalents.
So, even with the copies right in front of them, they still seems to be on a learning curve when it come to things like material science and volume production of high precision parts like turbine blades. I don't doubt they will eventually equal or exceed their Russian teachers, but not without a lot of time and money. Just like companies like GE and and Pratt&Whitney had to do.
Given that, even if this experimental planes meets its objectives, it is still quite far from an operational plane.
For example, the YF22 and F22
almost identical, yet the F22 is really a different airplane that took years to develop after the YF-22 flew and it is still being improved to upgrade capability and address flaws.
Based on that, I feel that the Chinese have a very long way to go before they can start production of a fighter with similar capabilities.
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