Chengdu J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet “2011” has eventually made its maiden flight. A composite image shows how different third prototype is from the the first one.
The third prototype of China’s 5th generation fighter jet made its maiden flight on Mar. 1.
As already explained, Beijing’s radar-evading plane shows several differences from the first (and second) prototype aircraft, a sign China is improving and developing more in the field of low observability applied to fighter jets.
These are, an overall light grey color scheme similar to that of U.S. stealth planes (most probably a radar-absorbing coating); new air intakes; completely redesigned nose section and radome (once again showing resemblance with F-22/F-35); dielectric panels in the front fuselage below the completely redesigned canopy; EOTS (Electro-Optical Targeting System); differently shaped gear bays and slightly different tail fins tips.
Use the top image to check on the one below (click for a higher resolution image) some of the differences between J-20 “2001” (first prototype) and J-20 “2011”.
another piece of chinese junk that is nothing more than a poor copy of american tech.
If they copy, then why do they need to re-develop for 10 yrs??
This “piece of chinese junk” will kick USA out of Pacific in 5 years…
Only if the rest of the Pacific allows it. Hint: China’s not very popular there. So the other countries will say “Nope!”
lol I think the Chinese just look at characteristics and features of US planes and go… how can we duplicate this? They don’t actually make anything from scratch.
I’ve heard conflicting concerns about Chinese tech. Are their designs purely due to theft from US defense companies or does all stealth tech lead to the same designs? Also heard that while they may have stolen plans that they still can’t compete in certain crucial areas, like best practices, maybe materials design, etc.