China Developing New Fighter Jet for Aircraft Carrier to Replace J-15


Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report yesterday that according to various foreign media’s analyses, China is developing a new carrier-based fighter jet to replace J-15 that the Liaoning uses.

According to SCMP’s report on July 5 Lieutenant General Zhang Honghe, deputy head of the PLA Air Force, told SCMP that China is developing a “new carrier-based fighter to replace the J-15” but no details have been given.

Chinese military expert Li Jie believes that FC-31, the second type of stealth fighter jet China is developing, is the right stealth fighter jet to replace J-15. It is smaller and lighter with weapons hidden inside.

However, there have always been various different opinions. Some speculate that a carrier-based version of J-20 will be developed for China’s future fleets of aircraft carrier. J-20 is more powerful than FC-31 (J-31) to deal with US F-35 and F-22. It will enable China’s carrier fleets to be a real blue sea navy.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “China developing new type of carrier-based fighter jet? Expert: J-31 will hopefully replace J-15” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese, full text of which can be viewed at http://mil.huanqiu.com/world/2018-07/12430514.html

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Development of J-20 Attains 4 Goals, Some Functions Surpass F22


China Youth Daily says in its article today that as a forth-generation fighter jet, J-20 has super stealth, supersonic cruise, super maneuverability and super information capabilities in its report “Research and development of J-20 has attained four major goals: Some of its functions surpass F22” today.

From the point of view of the establishment of an air battle system, the development of J-20 has started China’s progress of upgrading the fighter jets of Chinese air force with a new generation, enhanced China’s integrated attack and defense capabilities, enabled China to break enemy’s air defense with its J-20s for other fighter jets to attack enemy’s ground and surface targets and established combined air and ground combat system.

The report says that compared with single-engine light stealth fighter jet such as F35A, China’s heavy double-engine J-20 is obviously superior in air combats as it can carry much heavier ammunition.

Previously I believe J-20 is merely developed for dominance of the air for China’s national defense, but the report says J-20 will play the role to break enemy’s air defense to enable other fighter jets to attack ground and surface targets.

J-20 is equipped with a powerful advanced multi-function active phase array radar with the capability of a medium-sized AEW&C aircraft. In a formation with J-10, J-11, J-16, Su-30 and other upgraded third-generation fighter jets, it may provide long-distance early warning, command and guidance.

For ground air defense, J-20 will help them develop the capabilities to fight stealth fighters.

As it is developed later than F22, the report says it has better aviation electronic, fire control and combat command systems than F22.

Therefore, according to its chief designer Yang Wei, China has achieved four major goals through the development of J-20: building a new generation of warplanes, leading technological development, establishing a creative research and development system and developing an excellent team of scientists and engineers.

Source: China Youth Daily “Research and development of J-20 has attained four major goals: Some of its functions surpass F22” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


Footage of J-20 in Joint Combat Training



J-20s Dominate Sky for Precise Hits of Remote Targets by J-16s, J-10Cs


CCTV says in its report “Strongest Formation! Drill of Breaking Defense and Strikes by Fleet of J-20s, J-16s and J-10Cs” that a new fighter jet has to be tested and to develop its capabilities in military drill simulating real warfare.

Recently PLA air force has conducted busy drills of mixed formation of J-20s, J-16s and J-10Cs for air dominance and breaking enemy air defense to conduct long-range attacks at ground targets.

Through the drills, J-20s have achieved real combat capabilities of air dominance to enable J-16s and J-10Cs to conduct long-range precise attack at ground targes.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on CCTV’s report, Chinese full text of which with quite a few photos can be viewed at http://mil.huanqiu.com/world/2018-06/12139624.html.


Is That J-20’s Next-generation of Fighter Jet?


People wonder if th戈尸 will be J-20’s next generation of fighter jet

The Military and Civilian Dual Application Intelligent Equipment Forum/Expo 2018 opened in Chongqing on March 28. It is sponsored by China Ordinance Science Research Institute with the coordination of Chongqing Commerce Commission, Chongqing High-tech Zone, China Ordinance Society, China Command and Control Society, China Ordinance Investment and Administration Co., Ltd. and lots of other entities. Lots of well-known generals, military experts and academics have been invited to the forum.

On display at the expo are a large number of major equipment and innovation for making the military powerful including enhanced Beidou Navigation System (China’s GDP), powered exoskeleton, lunar rover, etc. What attracts keenest interest is the above model of a wield fighter jet. People wonder if that will be J-20’s next generation of fighter jet.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Is J-20’s next generation of fighter jet like that? It is showcased at Intelligent Equipment Expo 2018” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


Four Achievements in Developing J-20


J-20 chief designer Yang Wei. Photo from CCTV footage

J-20 chief Designer Yang Wei told reporters that four achievements have been made in developing China’s new stealth fighter jet J-20:

1. Obtaining a new-generation of fighter jet that satisfies the requirements fo functions, performance and technology;

2. Leading technological development. For example the canard structure with satisfactory invisibility and strong supersonic maneuverability that enlarges J-20 range and load. In addition lots of breakthroughs have been made in various aspects including situational awareness, information confrontation and combat coordination. China has switched from catching up to leading technology development in its aviation industry.

3. Creating a new R&D system. Through the development of J-20, Y-20, J-15, Kunlong-600 amphibious plane, etc., China has developed a paper-free digital R&D system to shorten the development cycle and improve quality. The system also incorporates cooperation between military and civilian industries. For example the carbon fiber and other conforming materials are developed by civilian enterprises.

4. The establishment of excellent research teams. In the course of the development of J-20, China has trained lots of young research and development outstanding patriotic workers.

Yang said that China needs entirely new fighter jets so that they are making great efforts to bring more surprises to Chinese people.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Yang Wei: Four major goals achieved in developing J-20: More surprises in the future” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


China to Develop a Large Family of J-20 and 5th-generation Fighters


Jane’s 360 says in its report “China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report” on March 14 that J-20 chief designer Yang Wei said that China will develop a large family of J-20s to give play to its various advantages. It depends on the number of J-20s China has.

According to Yang, in the past China develops what others have, but now China is capable of developing the fighter jets to satisfy its own strategic needs disregarding whether others have or not.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Jane’s 360’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.janes.com/article/78569/china-to-develop-new-j-20-variants-begin-research-on-sixth-generation-fighter-says-report.