Wow, that was fast. When did Chinese steal F-35 blue prints? It didn't take them very long to produce a copy.Is China Developing a VSTOL Fighter?
TAIPEI - China may have test-flown the J-18 Red Eagle vertical short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) fighter earlier this month, if chatter on Chinese-language military blogs is accurate.
China's defense industry is largely opaque and it is difficult to substantiate Internet chatter. However, Chinese-language military blogs reported the first test flight of the stealthy J-20 Black Eagle fighter in January, much to the surprise of the Western media.
Now there are reports emerging of a test flight of the J-18. Tests were supposedly conducted earlier this month and the fighter is similar to the Sukhoi Su-33 carrier-based fighter.
"In 2005, a Chinese aviation industry source told me the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation was considering a F-35B-like program," said Richard Fisher, vice president of the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center. "Given the PLA's naval power projection ambitions, it is probable there is VSTOL or STOVL [short takeoff and vertical landing] fighter program."
A short-takeoff-and-landing Flanker made possible by canard and TVC I understand, but not vertical landing. Must be a Chinese copy of YAK-141.
The "Su-33" part is a good indicator that some or all of it is massive bull****.
Su-33 is heavy. Very heavy. In fact, a VTOL Su-33 would be the heaviest such operational aircraft by an enormous 250-300% margin (just compare it to Harrier or Yak-38).
Even if you forget the fact a STOVL/VTOL aircraft would imply a complete aerodynamic redesign, the weight alone would make this a practical impossibility.
The report said the wings of the jet, similar to Russia's Su-33, a carrier-based multi-role fighter, could be folded, and suspected that it would be installed on China's future aircraft carrier.
that does not mean the jet is like Su-33. I think it would be like Yak-141 (maybe a blueprints purchase) looking at past Chinese projects.
Chinese copy of Su-33 is J-15, not J-18, nothing like that exists, at least not officialy.
and since whole article is based on "chatter on Chinese-language military blogs" itīs pretty much safe to say that it is BS.
Damn, I was hoping this was real, but had a feeling it would end up fake. Basing the existance of a fighter on "internet chatter" is like determining the standing of international relations on Youtube politics