Stealth fighter J-20 and J-31 - China's new superweapon
Historically, the Air Force of People's Liberation Army of China (PLA Air Force) Air Force lagged behind other world powers - such as the United States. Now China plans to produce its own fighter "Fifth generation", comparable to the US F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. In America, many experts believe that in this project the Chinese hackers used the stolen US technology. To improve the speed and quality of production to a comparable level with the US, China also uses additive technologies (3D-printing). J-20 "Black Eagle" should stand into operation by 2018, and J-31 "Merlin" - in 2020. If the allegations are true of China, its new fighters significantly expand its capabilities - both in the field of air space, which he considers his own, and in the attack in the event of war. In particular, the latter refers to air strikes on Taiwan (KR). New achievements of the PLA Air Force In the period from 1990 to 1992, China bought from Russia 24 Su-27 fighter. Slightly modify them, she began to produce on their basis of their J-11. In response, the United States sold Taiwan 150 F-16. Purchase Su-27 - the fourth-generation fighter - opened the modern period in the history of the Chinese Air Force. Since then, they have become more efficient. In 2010, half of the Air Force fleet PLA is still composed of aircraft that are based on the Soviet model of the 1950s and 1960s - the MiG-19 and MiG-21 - but in the past five years, China's air power has grown. This year China, in addition to the active work with fifth-generation technologies, almost reached an agreement with Russia on the purchase of 24 Russian Su-35 - fighter "4 ++ generation." Who is the main fighter PLA Air Force is J-11, but this model has not yet been tested in practice. She is most known for the August 2014 incident, during which the J-11 intercepted US reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon 135 miles east of Hainan Island. J-11 approached the American twice at a distance of 50 meters. Aggressive maneuvers of the Chinese pilot clearly demonstrated that China will not tolerate the presence of reconnaissance aircraft in the airspace of its exclusive economic zone. Fifth generation Since 2008, China is working on a fifth-generation fighters - both for their own use and for sale on the international market. This involved two Chinese companies: Chengdu aircraft Industry Group (J-20) and Shenyang aircraft Corporation (J-31). Both of them belong to the State Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It is likely that in the arsenal of the PLA J-20 and J-31 They will complement each other. J-20 is closer to the entry into operation - its first test flight was in 2011, and by 2018 it should reach an initial operating capability. As Both aircraft are still in the prototype stage, they do not know the exact parameters. However, according to rumors, J-20, China will provide an opportunity to put long shots and will be able to reach any point West Pacific. It will also be the first stealth fighter in service with the PLA. In case of conflict, J-20 is likely to be used for dogfighting and should be restrict coverage radar and distance punches. J-31 can be a powerful complement to the J-20, approximately in the same way that the US plan for its F-22 and F-35. If J-20 more than suitable for a battle with enemy aircraft, J-31, will be "the perfect fighter for the strategy of access and shut out the blocking zone (A2AD) in the Western Pacific region." J-20 is slightly faster: a top speed of Mach 2.5 and a maximum speed J-31 - 2 Mach. Combat radius of both fighters is approximately 2000 km. According to US officials, J-31, the parameters will correspond to the American fighters of the fourth generation - such as the F-15 Strike Eagle and F / A-18 Super Hornet, - or excel. It is even possible that he will be able to compete with the F-22 or F-35. but this will largely depend on a number of factors - for example, from the preparation of Chinese pilots, the number of fifth-generation fighters in the PLA and reliability of radar and other equipment. In late 2014, the head of AVIC Lin Chzhoumin (Lin Zhouming) made even more bold prediction. "When the J-31 will fly in sky, he certainly will be able to overcome the F-35. It is exactly ", - he said. Even if none of the Chinese fighters can not compete with the US fifth generation fighter aircraft, they may well radically change the dynamics of how the conflict with the United States and the invasion of Taiwan. Effects If China decides to attack across the Taiwan Strait (PLA each year to work out this scenario exercises), air superiority is a key factor for three reasons: because of the relatively a small quantity of air space over Taiwan, because of the ability of the Air Force of the Kyrgyz Republic (KR Air Force) is to saturate the airspace of its fighters from the powerful air defense system, available to the Kyrgyz Republic. If China can not using its air force to prevent the impact of their ships crossing the Strait, the operation will almost certainly fail. Uses the latest technology PLA fighters can give an important advantage in the air in front of the Air Force of the Kyrgyz Republic and to ensure the success of the invasion. It certainly should cause concern in the United States at all levels - strategic, operational and tactical. Original publication: China "s Super weapons: Beware the J-20 and J-31 Stealth Fighters ("The National Interest", US) Henseler Ryan (Ryan Henseler) Source -



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