China’s J-20 Obtains Initial Operation Capability Earlier than US F-35Posted: August 28, 2016
According to US media theaviationist.com’s report on August 22, though the US has deployed its F-35s, it has just begun trial landing and takeoff of F-35C on an aircraft carrier. It plans for F-35C to obtain initial operation capability in late 2017 or early 2018.
China is quite different. It does not deploy its new fighter jets until tests have proved that the fighter has obtained initial operation capability. J-20 is expected to be deployed in 2017, earlier than F-35.
F-35 can dominate the sky if others have no stealth fighter jets, but China has been developing J-20 to grab air dominance from F-22 instead of F-35 in the airspace near it. As J-20 is a heavier fighter with better radar and other equipment to detect F-35 earlier and longer-range air-to-air missiles to shoot down F-35 before it comes within the range of F-35’s missile, it will have air supremacy over F-35.
However, if F-35 had initial operation capacity earlier than J-20, it would be able to dominate the sky before J-20 is deployed.
F-35 is indeed unfortunate for its late emergence.
As a Chinese, I am happy that China will have succeeded to have active defense capability to resist US aggression. Note: The US is indeed an aggressor with respect to China as we see lots of discussion about the ways to attack China by US military, but no discussion whatsoever of the way to attack the US by Chinese military.
Now, the US has to upgrade its F-22 heavy fighter jet to deal with J-20. It has a plan to do so but needs the funds. To maintain world hegemony, the US has to deploy its military all over the world and develop all kinds of weapons so that its much bigger military budget is not enough.
China has only to focus on deployment of its military in its own territories and development of weapons to resist US attack so that its much smaller military budget is more than enough. Moreover, due to patriotism (regarded by the US as nationalism), its weapon development is voluntarily subsidized by state-owned and private enterprises. US enterprises, however, want to make substantial profits in providing weapons to their country.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on theaviationist.com’s report titled “We have been aboard USS George Washington during F-35C’s latest carrier trials”, full text of which can be viewed at https://theaviationist.com/2016/08/22/we-have-been-aboard-uss-george-washington-during-f-35cs-latest-carrier-trials/