China’s J-31 Rival to F-35, Will Be Commissioned in 2018


China's J-31 stealth fighter jet as displayed in Zhuhai Airshow 2016

China’s J-31 stealth fighter jet as displayed in Zhuhai Airshow 2016

Chinese military forum mil.news.sina.com.cn says in its report on November 12 that the improved version of J-31 is characterized with stealth, supersonic cruise, super maneuverability, superior avionics and battle awareness and effectiveness.

It seems J-31 now uses China’s homegrown FWS-13 turbofans that China has developed on the basis of Russian RD-93. Its thrust is about 8,500 kg with afterburner. Such thrust is barely enough for J-31. China is now developing F414 turbofan that will greatly enhance J-31’s combat capabilities.

Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Depth article, J-31 rival to F-35 in combat capabilities, will be commissioned in 2018: Pentagon” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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