F-35 Unable to Fight J-20 for Air Superiority: US Think Tank

An F-35 lightning ii completes a flyover of USS Zumwalt ddg 1000. National Interest photo.

An F-35 lightning ii completes a flyover of USS Zumwalt ddg 1000. National Interest photo.

According to National Interest’s article by Dave Majumdar on February 10, 2017, a report of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) commissioned by US Navy says that the US has to develop a new stealth manned fighter to contend for air superiority with China’s J-20.

The article says, “The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter—which are not dedicated air superiority fighters—would not be suitable to defeat advanced adversary air defenses or enemy aircraft such as the Chengdu J-20 or other Chinese fifth-generation warplanes. ‘In contrast to today’s multimission strike-fighters, such as the F-35C, the design of these aircraft would need to focus mostly on the fighter mission rather than strike, so that they would have the speed, endurance, maneuverability, and air-to-air sensor capability needed for counter-air operations,’ the report states.”

That is only natural because when the US began developing F-35, no other country has stealth fighter to contend for air supremacy with F-35, therefore there is much more emphasis on F-35’s capabilities in penetrating enemy air defense to attack enemy targets on land or at sea.

Now, China has developed J-20 specially for grabbing air supremacy from US stealth fighters. The US finds it in a poor position and is in dire need for some fighters to deal with J-20. Sad for US Navy. No worry, US Navy can ask Congress for lots of funds to develop new stealth fighters for air superiority.

The problem is that China is also spending a lot in developing fighter jets superior to US ones and so is Russia. The US has to conduct arms race in earnest with both Russia and China.

Usually, at least one of the two countries competing with the US may develop something better than US ones. If it is China, US will lose the arms race. However, if it is Russia, the US will also lose to China as Russia is willing to sell and China can afford the purchase of Russia’s best fighter jets as proved by its purchase of Russia’s so far the best fighter jet Su-35.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on National Interest’s article, full text of which can be viewed at http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-navy-needs-new-fighter-russia-china-are-blame-19409.


6 Comments on “F-35 Unable to Fight J-20 for Air Superiority: US Think Tank”

  1. Title says:

    can i call F35 Flying mighty pork shop.


  2. Steve says:

    OneChina OneNation OneCulture OneDesign One J-20 = World Air Supremo

    ManyNations ManyCultures ManyCostOverruns ManyFaults Many F35A,B,C = Flying Turkey


    • WangWei says:

      Two questions:(1) If F-35 is such a ‘flying turkey’ then why did China copy the F-35 planform when they designed their J-31?
      (2)While it is true that F-35 is not a dedicated air superiority fighter this deficit is made up with the F-35 networking ability. The question is how will the Chinese address and overcome the extensive networking abilities of the F-35?


      • ron says:

        Copy? are you blind? LOL with the copy and paste comment from a twinkie.


      • Assassin says:

        On what basis do you make the assertion – “why did China copy the F-35 planform when they designed their J-31?”

        If you can’t prove it but playing along with the CIA directive to repeat certain falsehoods believing that if you repeat a lie often and long enough, people will start believing the lie as truth.

        You obviously can’t prove your false statements so up yours, mate!


      • Joseph says:

        Network warfare again? Getting old, isn’t it. It is not the design that makes the F-35, it is this useless heavy gadgets that makes the F-35 fat ass. If only the American could make proper engine for the F-35 weight, the F-35 project might be successful. If only.


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