According to the Russian "Airport" website reported January 12, Chinas fifth generation fighter J-20 which completed successfully test flight is expected to become a powerful competitor of the U.S. F-22 and Russian T-50 . Some analysts believe that the smooth progress of this test show that Chinas military aviation industry has made great breakthroughs in recent years, the U.S. air superiority in the region will be seriously challenged.
In the January 11 test flight carried out, J-20 for about 15 minutes of flight, during flight is the one with J-10 coach Fighter.
Western media have pointed out that recently appeared in Chinese media reports on J-20 might have been the consent of the Chinese military leadership.
Analysts believe that, J-20s successful flight test showed that the modernization of China in terms of weapons far beyond the achievements of previous estimates of foreign military experts.
It is predicted that, J-20 will be served in the 2017-2019 years, and became the F-22 (today the only fifth generation fighter aircraft in service) and the Russian T-50 (it is expected to be put into production in 2015) competitors. Published photos from the current point of view, J-20 is greater than the size of F-22 and T-50, which means it may have a longer range and greater payload. However, the performance of the aircraft airborne equipment is still a mystery.
Of course, Chinas aviation industry in recent years great progress thanks in large part to advanced technology from abroad. For a long time, the engine has been plagued the development of Chinas aviation industry one of the major bottlenecks. Some analysts believe that China has not yet developed to fully meet the needs of the new J-20 engine. However, military experts pointed out that China may use existing engines (such as J-10 engine used) for the J-20 flight testing. The experts explained that the test flight time may not be too long, the height and speed requirements are also lower than the levels after actual use.
According to the Associated Press news release, China has produced the two J-20 prototype: a Russian-made engine installed, the other one, the installation of Chinese-made engine. It should be stressed that, for the first flight of it is that Chinese-made aircraft engines installed J-20.
As for the J-20s stealth capabilities, some experts pointed out that the performance of the machine although weaker than the U.S. F-22, but it is also quite good, the front section of the radar reflectivity of about 0.05 square meter.
J-20 test flight in the United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Beijing for the second day. British analysts have pointed out that the move may be to show Beijing its military to prepare to make their research programs become more transparent. Of course, China also released a new generation of fighter flight out of a signal even though the United States and its allies have expressed unease, China will continue to promote the countrys military modernization process.
"Janes Defense Weekly" that the J-20 supersonic cruise capability and flexibility than the U.S. F-22 "Raptor" fighter jet is slightly lower, but more weapons bay capable of carrying more fuel.