The Chengdu J-20: An Outsider’s Look into China’s New Toy. China, home to one of the oldest civilisations on Earth with a history stretching back thousands of years. In the past China has contributed greatly to human history with innovations such as silk and gun powder and today China has become one of the top economic power houses in the world. So it was not that surprising that the People’s Republic of China began to pump billions of dollars of their new found wealth into upgrading and expanding their armed forces. Now this is nothing new to the Communist regime, as they had been developing their own equipment for decades had already exported weapon systems to nations both in south east Asia and Africa. But in recent years, China has made huge leaps and bounds in technology development (Mainly due to their “alleged” extensive hacking program) and as a result, have begun to crank out new ship, tanks, and aircraft which could possibly rival those being produced by Europe or the United States. Once such aircraft has caused quite a stir when photos of it first appeared and has been labelled as China’s attempt to mimic the Americans F-22 Raptor, as well as set China up to become the next member in the elite club of nations which operate 5th generation jet aircraft. Developed by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, the J-20 was born out of the J-XX program of the 1990’s. Which was an attempted to build an indigenous 5 Gen fighter for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. This was during a time when most of the world’s major powers were developing their next generation of fighter aircraft such as the F-22 and the Euro-Fighter Typhoon, and China did not want to be left behind. Chengdu is one of China’s top military aircraft manufactures, developing aircraft such as the J-7 Air Guard and the J-10 Vigorous Dragon. The Former of which had been successfully exported to other countries. In 2008, Chengdu won the contract with their “Project 718”, which would become the J-20, beating out competitor Shenyang with the PLAAF backing Chengdu. The first flights took place in January of 2011 at Chengdu’s 611 Design Institute in Sichuan, and the PLAAF intend have to have these aircraft in service by 2018. But what do we really know about China’s Fifth Generation fighter? Other than it being far larger than most contemporary fighters. Then again the size of the aircraft can reveal just what what type of aircraft the J-20 truly is. The closest aircraft which could be compared to the J-20 is the Soviet Era MiG-25 “Foxbat”, which shares some of the same dimensions (and girth) of the J-20. Both are large aircraft with large, powerful engines which propel each aircraft to over 2000 miles per hour. Sounds fast right? And back in the day the Foxbat was one of the fastest Interceptors in production. But while it was fast, it was only fast while in a straight line, making it unsuited for the role of an air supremacy fighter. Not to mention that at low altitudes the Foxbat only had a top speed of just under 800 miles per hour, much slower than other aircraft such as the F-15 or MiG-29. Aircraft which are more associated as being Air Superiority fighters. So it may be plausible to believe that China’s first Stealth aircraft may not be the “Dog fighter” as some would like to believe. Although the presence of canards on the aircraft may hint that the J-20 may be much more maneuverability than its Soviet predecessor, it is still unknown (at least to the public, anyway) just how effective there are in flight. But this still does not rule out the possibility that the aircraft may be an effective interceptor. Another thing which leads me to believe that the J-20 would be more suited for the Interceptor roll, is the fact that their aircraft has relatively shallow internal payload capacity for its size. This contradicts the original speculation that the J-20 would be an “Strike-Fighter” much like the F-15E or the F-35 Lighting II. Source :- defensionem. Background Music :- Disclaimer- This channel is for defence related news worldwide . We try to give you true news related to each and every aspects of defence . It is either country, defence weapon, air Force, army ,navy, military or anything we will try to fully explain . The content specially news we upload are taken from various news channels and media houses . we never claim it is 100 % on our behalf but we try to deliver you exact without rumours . our news is specially related to india . As India is a growing country specially in defence under narendra modi BJP government . Channel Link: Facebook Link: Twitter Link : Check my all playlist :
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