Maiden Flight of New Improved Version of China’s J-31 Stealth Fighter


Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Test flight of new improved version of J-31

Comparison between old and new versions of J-31

Comparison between old and new versions of J-31

Comparison between old and new versions of J-31

Comparison between old and new versions of J-31

China’s official military forum mil.huanqiu.com says in its two reports yesterday that China’s new version of J-31 (also known as FC-31) stealth fighter jet conducted its maiden flight yesterday. It provides the above 7 web users’ photos including two photos of comparison between the old and new versions.

We see in the comparison in the change of the shape of horizontal tail, but mil.huanqiu.com says that there has also been changes to optimize its maneuverability, stealth and loading capacity.

It says that according to information provided by the producer, the warplane is 17.3 meters long and 4.8 meters high with a wingspan of 11.5 meters. Its ceiling is 16,000 meters, combat radius, 1,250 km, maximum horizontal speed, 1,400 km/h and maximum takeoff weight, 28,000 kg.

There is information that it is equipped with active phased array radar, helmet-mounted display and sight system, infrared search and track system, integrated electro-optical targeting system and a single display-panel cockpit.

If the warplane satisfies the standards published by the producer, it will be an excellent high cost-effective medium-sized stealth fighter jet with large range, heavy load of ammunition and multi-function.

J-31 is the only fighter jet in world market that has no generation gap with F-35. As it is much cheaper, it will grab a large market share from F-35.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Suspected test flight of greatly improved version of J-31 fighter jet” and “Disclosure of China’s improved version of FC31 fighter jet with optimization in both invisibility and maneuverability” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)

Advertisements

4 Comments on “Maiden Flight of New Improved Version of China’s J-31 Stealth Fighter”

  1. Mad Max says:

    Imagine Trump deciding to scrap the F-35 and buy the J-31! Wow. What an endorsement. Smart businessman. He’s got a great bargain.

    Like

  2. Tyler Reber says:

    Distinced features like these makes it more difficult to dismiss Chinese innovation as worthless copies. If the plane performs, chinese copying will become a fearsome trait rather than seen as just weakness.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Foxhound says:

      …Chinese innovation as worthless copies…
      Do not take credit, or pay attention to the US stupid lucubrations, that in fact are the expression of mere frustrations, usual US racism seeing the incredible progress of China in these key areas. US used to accuse the others to copy, meanwhile they copy the most, they steal the most all the secrets around the world in all areas.
      The progress of the J-31 seem to me very interesting, however the most unknown asset is the J-31’s engines. Are they russian’s engines ? Or improved WS-13 ?

      Like

  3. Foxhound says:

    Few words about its engines ? indigenous ? Russian’s engines ?

    Like


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s