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    China's J-20 stealth fighter

    China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Shows Off New Camouflage

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    New images of China’s J-20 fighter have emerged, and highlight the aircraft’s new camouflage paint.

    The Chinese Chengdu J-20 is a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to enter service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2018.

    While details of the J-20 have been kept under wraps, two models were seen conducting test flights over Chengdo on Monday, each sporting the new camouflage.

    According to Defense Update, this camouflage design will likely be used on the Low Rate Initial Production models.

    The J-20 soars at a top speed of 1,305MPH (2,100KMH) and features a stealth design comparable to Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, although with far fewer reported technical setbacks and safety concerns. The J-20’s weapons are carried internally, with a central bay believed to contain four beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) as well as two short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs).

    A single-seat fighter, the J-20 is believed to be powered by WS-10 or AL-31F engines.

    Last year, the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC) announced that its PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile was nearly complete. According to Liang Xiaogeng, the missile’s chief designer, the PL-10 has a range of 12 miles and includes "multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities."

    The PL-10 missile will ultimately be used by the J-20.

    After entering service, the J-20 will likely be deployed in conflict regions like the South China Sea, where Washington is currently at odds with Beijing over the construction of artificial islands in the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos.

    While the United States has accused China of attempting to establish an air defense zone, Beijing maintains it has every right to build within its own territory and the islands will be used primarily for civilian purposes.


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    • michael
      nice images.
    • copius
      Stealth is never defensive.
      It meant to creep in and destroy.
      Be very frightened
    • American Socialist
      i'll believe it after i see it in action.
      they still have yet to master Jet Engines.
    • peaceactivist2
      Just have to hold your breath and watch! Once the chinese master this skills, they will improve it, qualitative it, and will quantitative it. Within 20 years, chinese pilots moved from wwii war era with a hole on the nose to stealth jets. Chinese people driving on winding road to straight thru mountain and above cloud and ocean highway. Guarantee all other nations will have to be sleeplessness in order to catch up with the chinese on the moon and spaces
    • ivanwa88
      Design indicates ability to literally spin like a Top! also stoop and dive characteristics dont think it will match benchmark set by Su-35S on angle of attack agility and thrust which is critical in dog fight.

      Then again nothing else does either!
    • city-zen
      Bottom could be painted blue, upper side with colours of territories if flies over.
    • freeWill
      'Shows Off New Camouflage'
      I get it but it's just funny!
    • turexin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, Chinese civilization is longest lasting, they witnessed many civilizations raised up to the stars as civilizations turned down into ashes they witnessed, they will continue to do that, the middle kingdom people they are.
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