China’s massive military lead over India has never been starker. On Tuesday, amidst fanfare, Defence Minister A K Antony travelled to Bengaluru for a milestone in the development of India’s ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft, a fourth-generation fighter that is still two years away from full service. The same day, an advanced, fifth-generation stealth fighter — so far only speculated about, as the J-20 — made its first flight in China, heralding the arrival of what could become the world’s most advanced fighter.
The timing of the test is vintage China. It was conducted on the day that United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Beijing to discuss the resumption of defence ties, which a furious China had broken off last January after America sold $5.4 billion worth of advanced weapons to ‘the renegade province’ of Taiwan.
While Beijing has not acknowledged the test, on-line accounts and photographs from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, indicate an advanced stealth fighter took off on Tuesday from the airfield of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation at 12.50 pm and landed successfully an hour later.
Global experts have hailed the J-20 as significantly superior to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, America’s next fifth-generation fighter that is nearing completion. Experts say the Chinese J-20 has a stealthier design, which will make the fighter more difficult to detect by radar; larger fuel tanks that will allow it to fly almost 2,000 kilometres without refuelling; and the ability to carry more weapons, enabling it to hit long-range targets more destructively.
Says Carlo Kopp, an aviation expert with think tank, Air Power Australia: “The stealth shaping is, without doubt, considerably better than that seen in the Russian T-50 PAK-FA (fifth-generation fighter) prototypes and, even more so, than that seen in the intended production configuration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Any notion that an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet will be capable of competing against [the J-20] in air combat, let alone penetrate airspace defended by this fighter, would be simply absurd.”
澳大利亚空中力量智囊团的一位航空专家Carlo Kopp表示：“毫无疑问，J-20隐形设计比俄罗斯T-50 PAK-FA原型机更好，甚至比预期生产的F-35联合攻击机的配置更好。任何关于一架F-35联合攻击机或者F/A-18E/F超级大黄蜂，有能力在空战中和J-20对峙的想法是荒谬的，更不用说侵入由J-20防卫的空域。”
The Deputy Chief of Air Staff of the Chinese Air Force General He Weirong had declared in 2009 that the J-20 would obtain its Initial Operational Service between 2017 and 2019.
Robert Gates knows that the J-20 has been designed by China specifically to target the US Navy aircraft carrier task forces that currently dominate the Pacific Ocean, off China. The US Navy’s presence, close to China’s coastline, has become a running irritant for the Chinese leadership. Last summer, after tension between Beijing and Tokyo, and between the two Koreas, China warned the US Navy not to enter the East China Sea to demonstrate support for Tokyo and Seoul. Washington rejected that warning.
But once the J-20 enters service, China’s strike power would be greatly enhanced. Experts say the size and speed of the new fighter would enable it to dominate areas far out to sea. China, which had claimed overlordship out to “The First Island Chain” — a stretch of the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea and South China Sea that extends out to the Kurile Islands; Japan; the Ryukyu Islands; the Phillippines, and Indonesia — has now embraced the doctrine of ‘offshore defence’.
Beijing now sees its exclusive preserve extend 3,000 kilometres into the Pacific, to the ‘Second Island Chain’, which runs along the line of Japan, the Bonins, the Marianas, and the Carolines, to Indonesia.
Within this area, the J-20 would cripple a US Navy fleet by destroying its airborne control aircraft; tanker aircraft for airborne refuelling; and electronic warfare aircraft like the F/A-18G Growler. Attacks by waves of J-20s from airbases on the Chinese mainland would also shut down the US Air Force airbases in the region.
While the J-20 strikes US Navy aircraft and US Air Force bases, the People’s Liberation Army would employ another new ‘game-changer’ weapon — anti-ship ballistic missiles — to sink American aircraft carriers, Washington’s key tool for power projection across the oceans.
Given the flexibility that fighter aircraft provide as a weapons system, Beijing will easily be able to operate its J-20 fleet against India as well, by merely switching these to airfields in Tibet. Given the current capabilities of the IAF fleet, this would pose a major threat to Indian forces in Ladakh,Sikkim or Arunachal Pradesh.
by looka lanka (View MyPage) on Feb 18, 2011 05:36 PM | Hide repliesThe author of this article is either purposefully misleading people or completely knows nothing about military weapons nor fighter jets for that matter. Calling the chinese “5th” generation fighter J-XX(aka J-20) the most advanced fighter is laughably insane. Seriously…The J-20 isn’t even close to being the most advanced fighter jet. The only thing china does militarily is reverse engineer russian military tech, like you see with ALL of their aircraft.And even russia’s T-50 “stealth” fighter barely has a radar cross section of .5m2 compared to the U.S. F-22 which has a radar cross section of 0.0015m2. Meaning the F-22 is well over 300x stealthier than the t-50. And we can only imagine that the j-20 will be even less advanced than the russian t-50, as all chinese aircraft are inferior to russian aircraft. And that’s not even including thrust vectoring, avionics, etc etc which the chinese have no clue about.It just made my blood boil that i would see an article claiming such falacies as calling the chinese j-20 the most advanced. Seriously…
China is KNOWN for making some of the crappiest military technology in the world. Almost laughably crappy.
I conclude that the f-22 will sustain its overwhelming air superiority even for the next 2 decades. There is just nothing like it, im sorry. It is so good its almost like an alien aircraft. I know that sounds silly, but it is just THAT advanced.
Good day, and remember not to s文章的作者有意误导人们，或者对战斗机那样的军事武器完全不知。将中国“第五代”战斗机J-20称为最先进的战机是可笑和不理智的。严肃地说…J-20甚至和最先进的战斗机不沾边。中国在军事上唯一做的事就是对俄罗斯军事科技的逆向工程，你所看到的他们的所有战机都是那样的。
China have much more in common
by realgen (View MyPage) on Jan 17, 2011 08:04 PM | Hide replies
I just list the TOP 10 problems that China will have to face and deal with in the next 10 years.
1. corruption overpass the limitation and tolerance of the civilian.
2.the span between rich and poor will be enlarge, and distribution unfairness impulse the social contradiction.
3.grass-rooted level, the conflict between the officials and people.
4.high housing price and low income.
5.integrity crisis and morality loss
6.domacry reform slow then expected
7.environment pollution and ecology break down
9.graduates employment spurs unsteady status
10.domeniont value is marginalized.
Re: China have much more in common
by shyam ale (View MyPage) on Jan 27, 2011 02:29 PM
This whole list goes for India not China……..my fren. Open your eyes you are walking in Blind.