Test Flight of China’s J-20 with 4 Auxiliary Tanks


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The above photo of test flight of J-20 no. 2012 with four auxiliary tanks is taken from a recent footage by a web user.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Seen for the first time! Test flight of a J-20 with 4 auxiliary tanks” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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15 Comments on “Test Flight of China’s J-20 with 4 Auxiliary Tanks”

  1. Mad Max says:

    Ferry tanks enables J-20s to do what SU-35s are capable of : accessing long distance theatres of war, then dropping these tanks before coming within range of enemies’ radar and missiles. So simple. What common sense logic is it you don’t understand, joe?

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  2. Joe says:

    Those wing tanks make the J-20 much more detectable. And from a much longer range! ! Why bother with stealth when you hang four giant fuel tanks on the wings? Are these tanks an admission that J-20 does not have the range to conduct missions beyond the first island chain?

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    • Steve says:

      Try knock your Ignorance and Arrogance, just a little harder…Hint: US F22 use auxiliary tanks from Guam to Sth Korea. What is an auxiliary? What is the range of F22 compared to J-20?

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      • Joe says:

        The American air force has extensive air-to-air re-fueling resources. The auxiliary tanks you speak of are used as FERRY TANKS. You mentioned that when you said the F-22 tanks were used in flights from Guam to South Korea.
        China does not have the tanker infrastructure as seen by the American forces. Therefore the J-20 would be using those tanks to get to the combat arena. There are no airbases J-20 is ferrying to. So by using those tanks the J-20 becomes more detectable at a longer range, They would lose any advantage of stealth.
        I hope this helps clear up your confusion.

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        • Steve says:

          A wing tank, pylon tank or belly tank are descriptions for an auxiliary eternally mounted fuel tanks used as a major component of aircraft fuel systems. The F22 used an auxiliary external mounted fuel tank just like the J-20. It’s a Jets fighter, not a Cessna or helipcopter

          Aircraft ferry tanks, also known as luggage ferry tanks connected plumbing, collapsible tanks are used in planes like CESSNA, helicopters, etc. It’s mainly internal storage.

          State of the Art Jet fighters do not use ferry tanks. Why.? because it’s stupid. Don’t confuse your ignorance with smartness. J-20s are used for defence around China’s maritime sovereignty not for invasive penetration of other nations.

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          • Joe says:

            So why the mystery of the four fuel tanks on J-20? Is it because China does not have good air to air re-fueling support? Maybe the J-20 does not have the range to reach enemy tanker assets orbiting far behind the battlefield and must rely upon underwing tanks to have any hope of striking at these vital units?

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            • Simon says:

              Quite simple really. The J-20 has bigger fuel load and initially China’s plan is of a defensive nature that is to defeat America in a localise war within the First Island Chain. However Chinese military has grown stronger and the option of using the J-20 to attack American bases and warships in the Second Island Chain becomes an option that was not there before.
              The appearance of auxilliary fuel tanks is an indicator of new extended role for the J-20.

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        • Simon says:

          Consider its limited fuel load the F22 needed ferry tanks more than the J-20.
          The yank’s tanker infrastraccture would be either destroyed by Chinese missiles or shotdown.

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        • Simon says:

          In times of war against an opponent who has the ability to strike back refuelling infrastructures are sitting ducks. Its been the case in WW2.

          Only against small and weak countries will re-fulling infrastructures be effective that they come to no harm.

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    • Simon says:

      As if your F22 don’t use ferry tanks

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      • Joe says:

        F-22 uses ferry tanks to transit between Guam and other long range bases. But the question that remains unanswered is why does J-20 need four long range under wing tanks? Especially when J-20 is supposed to have such long range. Can anyone answer that simple question?

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        • Allen Lau says:

          5587 Km – Distance from Harbin to Kashgar

          Your Travel Starts at Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. It Ends at Kashgar, Xinjiang, China. Can’t get a feel of the tour distance on the small map? How far is Harbin …

          With four external tanks, J-20 can reach anywhere from any point in China non-stop. It can also make it to the next MAKS airshow (Moscow) without refueling.

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          • James says:

            G IJoe was only thinking about the ECS and SCS theatres. Typical one dimensional thinking. As Steve concluded, G I Joe is a smart ass but unfortunately ignorant. Best leave him to ponder the Q why. You have just re-educated him…

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        • Simon says:

          To attack Ameican bases and wraships in the Second Island Chain. An option to push American military threat out of Western Pacific.

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