China's Super Weapons: Beware the J-20 andJ-31 Stealth Fighters
Throughout its history, the People'sLiberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) haslagged behind the aerial programs of other world powers such as the UnitedStates. Now, the PRC has set its sights on producing indigenously designed“fifth generation” fighter jets comparable to the US F-22 Raptor and F-35Lightning II. Many U.S. officials and pilots suspect that the Chinese have beenusinghacked U.S. technologyto aid their indigenous development programs. ThePRC is also leveraging additive manufacturing technology (better knownas3D-printing) in order to increase speed and efficiency in manufacturingaircrafts and compete with the U.S. TheJ-20 Black Eaglecould be fullyoperational by 2018, and a second model, theJ-31 Gyrfalcon, by 2020. If true,China's new generation of fighters could have a substantial impact on itsability to either defend what it considers to be sovereign airspace, or tomount an aerial offensive in a wartime scenario, particularly against Taiwan(ROC).
Adv Manoj Ambat
The quality of J-20 and J-31 is largelystill unknown. It is further unknown if the Chinese have been able to iron outall the issues concerning this new birds. Even Americans who have experience ofoperating fifth generation F-22 still finds difficult to complete their F-35project. Hence it may not be realistic to expect J-20 and J-31 to beoperational soon. But what is certain that the Chinese will one day perfectthese aircrafts. These are the two birds that the world should watch out for.
Airplanes are a lot like guitars. Whatmakes a great guitar? A great guitar player. What makes a great guitar player?Practice, practice, practice. Experience, experience, experience. An airplaneis only as good as its pilot. Comparing a Chinese fighter jockey to an Americanfighter jockey would be like comparing Elmo's world to NASA.
And a bad Chinese pilot flying a 50 yearold plane and a bad Chinese pilot flying a 5th gen plane is still a far moredangerous game.
We love the Chinese so much that we cannotget enough of them, eeh? They must be overly excited now that the global worldis preaching about her in season and out of season!
Shooi Dan Tom
Mexicans will have fly the US planes soon.Not enough white babies being born.
Less than 1% of the U.S. population is inthe military at any given time. It'll be a long time before the whitepopulation gets that low.
Shooi Dan Tom
Study calculus???? Check out the maternitywards????
Well Pakistan is planning to buy theseaircraft from China and PAF is one of the most disciplined, experienced andsuccessful Air Force of the world... so watch out for j20 and j31.
All those recent wars Pakistan took partin... how could we forget.
You might want to reassess that analysis oropinion you have of Chinese combat pilots. According to defense news articles,Western think tanks, and reports made my the Pentagon to Congress things havedrastically changed in the last two decades.
In the mid 1990s, the average Chinesefighter pilot was doing an average of 30 flight hours per year and they had norealistic training at all, relying on ground control.
Today, the average Chinese fighter pilotdoes an average of 130 flight hours per year (and the elite squadrons do 200flight hours per year). Training is becoming increasingly more realistic andcomplex.
Due to sequestration, USAF combat pilotsare on average doing less flight hours than the PLAAF combat pilots.
Here's two articles for example;