China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose 'Terrifying' Challenge to U.S. Fleet
While the Pentagon downplays China’s rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft – reportedly capable of besting America’s F-22 in speed and maneuverability – could pose the greatest threat yet to U.S. air superiority.
Decorated Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley, a Top Gun graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School who flew 44 combat missions over Iraq, says, “It’s probably leaps and bounds above where we are, and that’s terrifying.”
“As a former Navy fighter pilot, going up against something that’s stealthy, highly maneuverable and with electronic systems more capable than mine -- that’ll keep me up at night,” said Buckley, now chief strategy officer at Fox3 Options LLC.
Buckley said photos posted online of the radar-evading Chengdu J-20 jet fighter lead him to believe the aircraft has great stealth capabilities, based on what appears to be a bumpy exterior possibly housing stealth technology, and the lack of external components, such as a gas tank and missiles.
“It was built to reduce radar signatures. You can tell it has some serious stealth technology,” he said. “My F-18 looks like an 18-wheeler on radar. That thing might not even show up.”
The U.S. military's current top-of-the-line fighter is Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor, the world's only operational fifth generation fighter. In 2009, Congress capped production of F-22s at 18, relying on the cheaper F-35. Congress does not appear to be reconsidering the cap, which experts call the only real challenger to China’s J-20.
Maybe we should have an F22 bond drive
This thread for new on J-20 and related developments.
Complete story:It is noteworthy that at a time when the Chinese are allowing photography of their new J-20 to go viral on the internet, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently signed an order to honor Gan Xiaohua for his outstanding contribution on engine research. The CMC held a celebration rally for him on January 6 at the Air Force Armament Institute.
No English language news coverage of this is available - that I have seen. See here and here for Chinese versions.
Question: Did we miss something? Our folks are telling us aircraft engines are the weak link in Chinese air force development, but the President of China is celebrating major advancements in engine technology with awards. Hmm.
Aviationweek on J-20:
Complete story:With the surprise rollout and high-speed taxi tests of China’s newest J-20 fighter, a stealth prototype, the U.S. Navy’s top intelligence official admits that the Pentagon has erred in its estimates of the speed with which Beijing is introducing new military technology.
The aircraft’s existence was not a surprise to the intelligence community, but “one of the things that is . . . true is that we have been pretty consistent in underestimating the delivery and initial operational capability of Chinese technology weapons systems,” says Vice Admiral David J. Dorsett, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence. Two recent examples of misanalyses have been the J-20 fighter and the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (AW&ST Jan. 3, p. 18). Moreover, there is evidence that China’s advances include high-performance engines and missiles that display a new level of technical maturity and performance.
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener... Fighter Means
We have Rafale news thread, Typhoon news thread, etc. etc. We should certainly put all J-20 material in one thread. Otherwise, for anybody interested it becomes difficult to follow the updates, new pics, vids, etc
enallos is right, we have a JSF, Rafale, Gripen, EF thread so this should be the related discussion.
And about the J-20... it will surely force the US to invest more money in advanced fighters. Just like the DF-21 will force them to invest in better protection against ballistic threats for the carrier groups.
As the US economy is not that healthy at the moment but the chinese is booming this is an economical war.
Just the same tacic Ronald Reagen used against the soviets: Force them to spend lots of money on defense projects to bleed out the civil development.
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Apparently it just flew.
It fly at 12:50！
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