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China’s First Stealth Fighter Hidden in Plain Sight

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Fareed Guyot
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#1 Posted: 1/6/2011 10:51:59

China, maybe on purpose, has recently allowed photo-snapping enthusiasts to view its first stealth fighter while it performed ground trials at the Aviation Design Institute in Chengdu, China. The J-20 “Black Eagle” fighter has a very similar look to the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, and is purportedly designed to fly far beyond China’s border armed with missiles and mid-air refueling capability.

 Analysts say that Chinese stealth technology is still a generation behind U.S. and Russian aircraft, but the jet may be part of a military power amplification that includes the refit of a Soviet-era carrier and several new carriers by 2020. Read more 

 




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#2 Posted: 1/6/2011 13:41:31

Here is a satellite photo of a whole squadron!



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#3 Posted: 1/6/2011 18:58:33

Not sure how stealthy that thing is, but the PLA music is getting a whole lot better! 



Patrick Panzera
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#4 Posted: 1/6/2011 19:02:08

plywood and paint comes to mind



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#5 Posted: 1/6/2011 19:44:44

"Made in China"....



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#6 Posted: 1/6/2011 20:22:36

Since this was this weeks Nose to Nose poll, I thought I'd post here.

 

The question this week was a bit simplistic and would likely cause 2 answers but you can only choose 1. The aircraft itself may (very likely) not be anywhere near the level of sophistication and capability of US aircraft but more importantly, is what it represents on a country's potential for future developments. I have no doubt that this thing will fly fast, and high, and loud... and be pretty impressive but think about what this means for the derivatives of this and the next version coming out of Chengdu!



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#7 Posted: 1/6/2011 23:48:25

I think maybe they were holding those Skycatcher plans upside down....
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#8 Posted: 1/7/2011 09:18:45

This reminds me of the MIG-25. So scary ,our whole military budget was being turned to defend against it-until it turned out to be a dud. Maybe this is the real thing,maybe it's not.

  Let's have some coffee, solve the Middle East,and THEN panic.



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#9 Posted: 1/7/2011 11:12:06

Seems that I read that the Chinese did as many space launches last year as the United States. The Russians did as many as everyone else combined.

I bet the military is rejoicing. Now they can justify the expense of our newest technologies.



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#10 Posted: 1/8/2011 06:21:05

Chinese fighters are not an issue with the U.S. inasmuch China can only position themselves in a defensive role. U.S. made smart weapons can eliminate the airfields Chinese fighters and their support operate from. China's effective weapon against the U.S. is a financial one, plain, simple and effective.



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#11 Posted: 1/8/2011 09:43:42

Alan, great point! The US can simply destroy China's bases; not so easy for them (except they might own them soon if America doesn't wise up). Next time you purchase something at the store, check the label; if says "Made in China" put it back!!!



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