China hopes to snatch sales from US with J-31 4th-generation fighter jet
Huanqiu.com says in an article by its special military commentator Lei Ze, “In the afternoon of August 23, test flight of the J-31 ‘Gyrfalcon’ fourth-generation stealth fighter was carried out again.
Sources say that recently the fighter has been tested with unusually great frequency. The said the test flight followed those on August 8 and 18. Compared with only one test flight in July, the frequency of the J-31 test flights has significantly increased.”
The emergence of the J-31 fighter jet will make it difficult for the US to make money by exporting its F-35 fighters. Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily points out: At present, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and other countries have all purchased US F-35 fighter jets, but the occurrence of one fault and technical problem after another in the test flights of the F-35 has given rise to worries and even dissatisfaction among those countries.
The stealth fighter is a milestone in the world history of military aviation. It is of great strategic importance in the international relations and geopolitical strategic situation in the Asian-Pacific region. China’s development of stealth fighters has to some extent become an important phase of the Sino-US strategic game.
In December 2011, in order to counter the rapid development of the Chinese air force, Japan ordered 42 F-35As in spite of the high price of US$150 million per fighter. However, at the same time, the UK delayed its decision on purchase of the F-35s to 2015, while Italy reduced its purchase from 131 to 90. Canada said that it would order 60 F-35s, but no firm order has yet been placed.
Experts in the industry expect that when the J-20 and J-31 are launched on the international market, undoubtedly they will take away some market share from the F-35, as it will provide a new option for those countries who have not made a decision on purchase of the F-35. They will be especially attractive to those countries that the US is unwilling to export weapons to.
The Wall Street Journal said in its report on November 11, 2012 that China’s aviation industry was as advanced as Russia’s in many areas except jet engines. Increase of Chinese export of aircrafts will greatly injure Moscow’s interests.
Huanqiu.com says: “The US media finally exclaimed: ‘The test flights of the J-31 indicate China has finally become the only country other than the US that is developing two types of stealth fighters. This is a development of great significance. It may have profound repercussions on the export market of static aircraft and US troops.’”
What is more troublesome for the US is that once the J-31 has equivalent performance as the F-35, it no longer makes sense to purchase expensive F-35s. Undoubtedly, the emergence of China’s fourth-generation fighters represented by the J-31 will be the “Hiroshima nuclear explosion” in the world weapon market. It will dislocate the existing setup of international weapon trade, entirely change the division of labour in the world weapon industry and put an end to the US monopoly of high-end fighter market.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Frequent test flights of J-31: China develops 4th-generation fighters to snatch market from the US” by huanqiu.com special military commentator Lei Ze (excerpt and summary translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)
As much as we know Chinese capabilities, and quality of products, would like to have proper tested fighters. But way to go for Chinese great work
This article makes several assumptions:
What is more troublesome for the US is that once the J-31 has equivalent performance as the F-35, it no longer makes sense to purchase expensive F-35s.
Highly unlikely that will happen any time soon. China is still a decade away from being able to compete with the west as far as electronics go, and that’s an optimistic estimate, taking into account how quickly they’ve progressed in the past few years.
Experts in the industry expect that when the J-20 and J-31 are launched on the international market, undoubtedly they will take away some market share from the F-35, as it will provide a new option for those countries who have not made a decision on purchase of the F-35.
Aside from China itself, none of the other listed nations are likely to even entertain the idea of buying the J-31 over the F-35.
Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily points out: At present, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and other countries have all purchased US F-35 fighter jets, but the occurrence of one fault and technical problem after another in the test flights of the F-35 has given rise to worries and even dissatisfaction among those countries.
And what of the “technical problems” in the J-31 project? China is unlikely to let any tales of those slip through the iron curtain. With complex military aircraft projects, technical problems occur as a rule, and I very much doubt the issues the Chinese military brass reportedly had with the J-31 were because it came in the wrong colour…
maybe the yanks can buy from China, install their avionics and sell as F-35 NG .. hahaha
That is great idea
I mean you can ask customers if they are interested in F-35 NG.
Cost wise it might fit the cost of F-35 as earlier required (few performance issues here and there might be there)
Since the Chinese apparently are in production, thus the delivery of “F-35 NG” should speed up.
That would actually put USA in better terms with customers saying “We can offer you NG version at promised price so either you can accept NG version, or you can wait for the Lockheed version to be ready.. the choice is yours”
Thus China gets the “orders” America has F-35 new version “available for sale” and the countries which really want something from 5th Generation planes will have something too, and we my friends will get the EVALUATION REPORTS which I believe everyone is eager to have.
It is fine, but had be mentioned that F35NG is categorically and substantially low quality. Becoz i seriously have doubts on their quality of their fighter as none is yet to be proved in a combat scenario. And verification is dubious and their shrouds of secrecy is compelling.
And my dear layman for a choosy customer like you, we might ask you to wait for the A B and C version which you had ordered, and whose cost might have overrun, don’t say we did not offer you a chance…
And if the Americans have problem with the chinese planes, they can just refuse to pay the debt back to Chinese… “solve this problem first then talk of money”
Sorry even if offered at cut throat price, we wont buy it. Offer a chance ? rejected even before offering. We as of such know their quality jus by mimicking the planes doesnt mean that they can suit the purpose.
Americans why they go for crap.
The “crap” can fly, and well if you do put in the right avionics and engines, it can be good plane.
Anyway as I said there is NG to offer hahaha
It might be a very very very bitter pill for USA to swallow if they do take J-31 and make it into f-35 NG as I suggested..
or they can call it F-35 Lite indicating that its watered down version hahaha
Lite version sounds like sheep in lion’s skin… Nope we wont take it.
Btw, Is there any proven capabilities of J31, any reference as of such.
Sheep in lions clothing is good, at least the wolf will be scared..
Everything abt it is secret…
That is the whole issue, It can rival F35 by structure but it has the highest possibility of being a Dud considering Chinese manufacturing qualities and speed of R&D.
When did South Korea buy F35??
no they interested in F-15 SE.