China’s Carrier-based J-20, Doom of US Warplanes and Warships


SCMP's photo of J-20 that is believed a product of low rate initial production

SCMP’s photo of J-20 that is believed a product of low rate initial production

News.ifeng.com gives a description of China’s carrier-based J-20 stealth fighter jet in its report on September 3. The description is based on Russian military observation website’s article “Carrier-based J-20: Long-range interceptor and killer of marine air defense system”. The Russian media has got a photo of carrier-based J-20 stealth fighter with a landing hook.

Moreover, it has got the following basic data of carrier-based J-20:
Windspan: 14.2 meters, 10.2% longer than land-based one to have larger area for bigger lift.

Length: 19.5 meters, 0.7 meter shorter than land-based one

Engines: 2 WS-15 with total thrust of about 70,000 lb to ensure its greater speed and maneuverability than F-35. China has achieved initial success in developing WS-15, but needs further tests and improvement.

Speed: quicker than F-35B
1950 to 2200 km/hr at 11,000 meters of altitude
1,400 km/hr at low altitude

Empty weight: 19.5 tons, 2.5 tons heavier than land-based one for stronger power system and structures of landing gear, gas discharge and wings

Radar cross section: roughly the same as F-35

Combat radius: 1,500 to 1.600 km twice of F-35B’s, which enables it to shoot down US E-2D AEW&C and P-3C anti-submarine warplanes before F-35B can defend them (whether F-35B is able to defend them is still a question as F-35B is inferior to J-20).

Weapons: PL-21 long-range air-to-air missile to hit target 100 to 150 km away

Anti-radar function:

As J-20 is a stealth fighter jet, it may go near US aircraft carrier battle group at low altitude within the 80-km range of its PL-16 Mach 3.5 supersonic anti-radar missile. The explosion of one PL-16 warhead in the sky above a US Aegis destroyer may cause malfunction of its AN/SPY-1D multifunctional radar. When US navy’s radars have been blinded by anti-radar missiles from J-20s, its warships, including aircraft carriers, will have no air defense and become helpless prey of Chinese anti-ship missiles.

Source: news.ifeng.com “Russian media: China’s carrier-based J-20 will be great danger for US carrier-based warplanes”

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7 Comments on “China’s Carrier-based J-20, Doom of US Warplanes and Warships”

  1. Joseph says:

    The J-20 may have teeth, but it is not the source of doom for US warplanes and warships. The real threat for US military is actually money. How many US warplanes and warships has fallen victim to budget cut. On the bright side, the personnels will only fall victim to unemployment rather than fall victim to accidents due to poor maintenance.

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    China should quickly build a Mobile Floating Platform with runway to accommodate the carrier based J20. This should be anchored to Scarborough Shoal to greatly allow China to monitor the Bashi Channel/Luzon Strait to complement ASW helicopters hunt for US/Japanese subs.

    Further it is a great platform to monitor US/PH annual Balikpapan exercise near Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan island, Permanently Deployed there.

    China now have about 11 ships around Scarborough Shoal and US/PH is worried China could do another artificial island reclamation. However this fixed land is too politically sensitive, so better if China build the MFP that can anchor near Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan Island, safer than aircraft carrier to avoid running around. The MFP offer longer runway and can be designed with ski jump off to shorten take off runway length. This can be designed somewhat like the Japanese Izumo helicopter carriers hybrid that can be converted into aircraft carriers. With a proper configuration, this setup will give China a final chess piece to control the South China Sea to keep US navy, jets far far away from Hainan Island.

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  3. advantec333 says:

    the world’s most advanced fighter jet will be out soon.

    On Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 2:20 AM, Tiananmens Tremendous Achievements wrote:

    > chankaiyee2 posted: ” News.ifeng.com gives a description of China’s > carrier-based J-20 stealth fighter jet in its report on September 3. The > description is based on Russian military observation website’s article > “Carrier-based J-20: Long-range interceptor and killer of mar” >

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  4. Steve says:

    Great Post – So it’s confirmed the J-20 with two versions, Carrier based and Land based.

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    • Indian ocean for India says:

      Long before there is a carrier based J-20 E-2D Hawkeye’s already in service with the Japanese and US Navy will be detecting J-20s no matter if they come by land or sea.

      Here are some facts:
      – The latest E-2 version is the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which features an entirely new avionics suite including the new AN/APY-9 radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications, flight management system, improved T56-A-427A engines, a glass cockpit and later changes should enable aerial refueling by 2020

      -The APY-9 radar has been suspected of being capable of detecting fighter-sized stealth aircraft, which are typically optimized against high frequencies like Ka, Ku, X, C, and parts of the S-bands. Small aircraft lack the size or weight allowances for all-spectrum low-observable features, leaving a vulnerability to detection by the UHF-band APY-9 radar, potentially detecting fifth-generation fighters like the Russian Sukhoi PAK FA and the Chinese Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31. Historically, UHF radars had resolution and detection issues that made them ineffective for accurate targeting and fire control; Northrop Grumman and Lockheed claim that the APY-9 has solved these shortcomings in the APY-9 using advanced electronic scanning and high digital computing power via space/time adaptive processing. According to the Navy’s NIFC-CA concept, the E-2D could guide fleet weapons, such as AIM-120 AMRAAM and SM-6 missiles, onto targets beyond a launch platform’s detection range or capabilities.

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      • chankaiyee2 says:

        I assume that you know the meaning of “suspected”. It does not mean something certain. J-20 has not yet been in service, how do you know APY-9 radar can detect it?

        APY-9 is only “suspected” to detect J-20, do you understand? Moreover, if J-20 has air supremacy, E-2D simply cannot operate within J-20’s range of operation. That is why I said in my post today, “The above is but the comparison of network warfare capabilities. It does not mean that I fail to understand the powerful capabilities of US stealth fighter jets. As I have repeated times and again, only when China’s J-20 fighter jet can grab air supremacy from its US counterparts can China be able to effectively defend itself in conventional war.”

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      • chankaiyee2 says:

        You seem to fail to read the following passage in my post: “Combat radius: 1,500 to 1.600 km twice of F-35B’s, which enables it to shoot down US E-2D AEW&C and P-3C anti-submarine warplanes before F-35B can defend them (whether F-35B is able to defend them is still a question as F-35B is inferior to J-20).”

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