America’s F-22 stealth fighter may be limited in Asia-Pacific conditions, China’s J-20 designer says


  • Aircraft has been sent to the region but was designed for combat in Europe, which could affect its capabilities, according to Yang Wei
  • China’s answer to the Raptor has yet to be put to the test in a real combat situation, military expert notes
F-22 Raptors fly above Syria in 2018. A top Chinese aircraft designer says the US stealth fighters were designed for combat in Europe and could face challenges in the Asia-Pacific. Photo: EPA-EFE / US Air Force

America’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter was designed for combat in Europe but is now being used in the Asia-Pacific, according to a top Chinese aircraft designer, who says the different conditions will limit its capabilities there.

Yang Wei, general designer of China’s first stealth fighter the J-20, said the twin-engine F-22s could face the same challenges in the region as the F-4 fighter-bombers the Pentagon sent to the Vietnam war between 1965 and 1973.

“The complex environment and political constraints in Vietnam caused the F-4 to almost fail to show its high-speed performance and over-the-horizon combat capabilities,” Yang wrote in a paper published in Chinese aeronautics journal Acta Aeronautica et Astronautica Sinica last month.

He said the F-22, a tactical fighter inspired by the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union, was designed for battle in Europe and could face similar problems now that it had been deployed in the Asia-Pacific.

The J-20, China’s first stealth fighter, went into service in 2017. Photo: Xinhua
The J-20, China’s first stealth fighter, went into service in 2017. Photo: Xinhua
Yang did not draw any

comparisons between America’s F-22 and China’s J-20

– both fifth-generation, twin-engine heavy fighter jets and of a similar size.

But military experts said his remarks indicated that the J-20 Weilong, or Powerful Dragon, was clearly seen as China’s answer to the F-22.
“The F-22 was originally designed for combat with the former Soviet Union, or today’s Russia, in Europe, but now the Raptor’s main opponent is the [People’s Liberation Army] in the Asia-Pacific,” Song said.
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The F-22 has a comparatively shorter range – with a combat radius of 800km (497 miles), while the J-20’s large internal fuel tank can sustain a longer combat radius of 1,100km (684 miles).

But Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming noted that the J-20, which entered service in 2017, had yet to be put to the test in a real combat situation.

Andrei Chang, founder of influential military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence, said that in contrast, the F-22’s combat capabilities had been seen, most recently last year when the stealth fighters were sent to Qatar as tensions rose with Iran.
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“At the moment China has about 60 J-20s – just one-third of the total number of F-22s,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

“Now the US has deployed hundreds of F-35s to the region, so it’s an even bigger threat to China,” he added.

With F-22s being deployed to the Asia-Pacific region – and as relations worsen with Washington, including over the

disputed South China Sea

– Beijing has stepped up development of its new stealth fighter. Mass production of the J-20B

began earlier this month

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Source: SCMP “America’s F-22 stealth fighter may be limited in Asia-Pacific conditions, China’s J-20 designer says”

Note: This is SCMP’s article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views


12 Comments on “America’s F-22 stealth fighter may be limited in Asia-Pacific conditions, China’s J-20 designer says”

  1. Simon says:

    America may have more stealth fighters but only a third is operational with upto 50hrs of maintenance per hour flight for the F35 and even more for rhe F22. If the war last longer than a week the number of American stealth fighter operational will reduce drastically to point they won’t be any flying. So afr the F22 is has only been on a few spotter and bombing mission against an enemy that could not actually fight back or field any credible defence. They been tracked by Venezalian defence using Chinese radar.

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    • Steve says:

      The longer the f35s22s fly after the 1st hour, will degenerate from 5 gen to 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2 gen fighters. It gets worst by the hour, this is another reason the f22s35s need the f15E for aerial escort. The dogfighting scenario has changed. US depends on quantity against China’s quality J-20, J-10C/D, J-16, J-11D, SU-35.

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  2. Steve says:

    100s of F35s requires bodyguard protection from the f15E or f22s. F35s are not air superiority fighters, cannot fly on its own, needs a pair of Mr. Spotter & Mrs. Sniper. Stealth coating blisters on both Fs.

    China’s J16 & J 10C/D 4th gen ++ are equipped with J-20 helmets, unbeatable PL-15 range, PL-12/10 better than US AIMs, superior stealth coats, advanced AESA, etc. Add in SU-35s & J-11s, China easily match the US fighters.

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  3. Fre Okin says:

    “….But military experts said his remarks indicated that the J-20 Weilong, or Powerful Dragon, was clearly seen as China’s answer to the F-22”

    And clearly the Chinese were wrong.

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  4. Emiel says:

    With the overweight J-20 lugging two under performing Chinese engines it will be lucky to get into the air at all to engage even advanced F-15s

    J-20s will be an easy kill This is why the J-20 remains in hiding

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    • tito says:

      tejas is the best…..since no stealth fighters like f22, f35 ,j20 or su57 could compete with indian tejas fighters ,modi decided to keep them in the ground and buy 5 rafale from french and 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30 MKI to deal with foreign jet fighters

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    • Steve says:

      As usual, Beetle talking nonsense. India has removed Tik Tok apps, but U can replace Tik Tok with your mouthpiece as the Talk Cock apps😎🤣🤣

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    • Simon says:

      J 20 is not in hiding, its not able to be seen when in operation. That is the nature of stealth you pea brain will never understand. J 20 flews over South Korea during its wargame with America and was not seen. Two F22 enter into Chinese airspace on a spying mission and was quickly spotted and escorted out by J16.

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      • Peter says:

        J-20 been flying along China/India Border actively since the Border tension this year but no Indiot radar been able to detect them at all. Indiots used to boast that their SU30MKI radar detected J-20 some years ago, but, then the J-20 were on routine training and put on the “Reflector” to ensure the safety of the other war planes around them.

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    • Joseph says:

      So you are talking about the F-15 now? No more about the crap F-22 or the F-35? Well, the F-15 is the best among American fighter jets, an American match for Russian Su-27/J-11. But it did not even perform well in exercise against the Indian Su-30 MKI, and the Su-30MKI is the generic underpowered version of the Chinese Su-30MKK and J-11B. The Su-30MKI is so underpowered that it is incapable of doing the cobra maneuver as the Su-30MKK. It is true that the J-20 is a heavy fighter compared to the light fighter F-35. But if you notice the details, how come the F-35 is heavier than the J-20? That explain why the J-20 has been seen flying on many airshows while the F-35 that can only be seen on edited video clips. The J-20 has even performed the cobra maneuver, how come an overweight aircraft perform the cobra maneuver? Last time the Japs tried to even fly, not even maneuver, the obese F-35, it slumped into the sea, and Japanese pilots are not even as obese as American pilots. Given how lousy the American in modernizing their old hardware, the Indonesian modernization version of F-16s, crashed upon delivery, still piloted by American pilots. With all those ‘advanced’ features, they could not even survive landings. Incredible. And its not only the F-16, the F-15s are also reported falling off the sky. So what’s the point the F-15 being ‘advanced’ if it could not even fly, or land, safely? The old unmodernized F-15 would still be way better than the ‘advanced’ version. Only because American radars cannot incompetently track the J-20, then the J-20 is ‘hiding’? The J-20 has been busy around airshows. It is hardly ‘hiding’. Bring on your radar to the airshow, and test it on the J-20 there. If it could not detect the J-20, it doesn’t mean the ‘J-20’ is hiding on the plain sight, it means that your radar could not detect it, or worse, broken. Did you just ‘modernize’ your radar recently? That’s explain things. Everything that the American ‘modernize’ recently, ends up broken. Just be happy it is only radars, if it is aircraft, it will end up dropping from the sky. The Indonesian had the bad luck of having the F-16s dropping from the sky, then the Boeing 737Max. And the American ridiculously offers the cheaper much-hyped F-35 as compensation to preserve the lucrative overpriced F-16 sale contract. The American must be joking. The F-35 is dropping off the sky too, in Japan.

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    • Simon says:

      I just got a phone call from someone in India speaking in broken English pretending to be from Amazon saying my account has been breached and an illegal transaction has taken place, if I dont give him my account and other private details then the payment will be taken out of my account. When I trace the number back it started with a 070 number which according to OFCOM is a scam number that people may dial back thinking it was a missed call but is actually a premium rate number that uses a number of method to get the caller to waite but charges them £1.50 per minute.
      Does this dung beetle think I’m stupid? He might be able to con a few Indians. That is the sad state of affair in India, scheming monkeys wanting to pick pocket you from thousands of miles away.

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