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: “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: “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

China claims it has created a ‘super material’ that’s INVISIBLE and ‘could make FIGHTER JETS impossible to see’

  • A lab in Shenzhen has reportedly built an assembly line for metamaterials
  • They are surfaces engineered on the nanoscale to perform specific tasks
  • China claims the lab has successfully produced invisiblity material in bulk
  • One news site indicated Beijing could use the material to build warplanes

By Tracy You For Mailonline

Published: 17:26 GMT, 12 March 2018 | Updated: 18:19 GMT, 12 March 2018

China has built an assembly line to mass produce cutting-edge ‘super materials’ that can perform the previously impossible, according to the Chinese state broadcaster.

So far, the assembly line located in a lab in Shenzhen has manufactured different types of materials, including one that renders objects invisible, reported China Central Television Station in a documentary released last week.

Although the station didn’t explain what the invisibility cloak ‘metamaterial’ would be used for, according to Chinese news portal Sina, it is likely to be used on the country’s warplanes, particularly the J-20.

‘Super material’ being produced in secret Chinese labs

Chinese scientists have managed to produce an ‘invisibility cloak’ metamaterial in bulk, said China’s state broadcaster. The team reportedly work in a laboratory (pictured) in Shenzhen

The programme, aired on China Central Television Station, shows workers making the base material (pictured) for different metamaterials, which the Chinese call ‘super materials’

What the Chinese refer to as ‘super materials’ are generally known as metamaterials, which are a new class of finely-engineered surfaces that could have properties unachievable with conventional materials.

Some metamaterials can bend infrared radiation such as visible light, which means they could be used to create invisibility cloaks.

And according to the Chinese Central Television Station, the Chinese scientists have managed to make such invisibility materials in bulk.


Metamaterials are a new class of surfaces which have been engineered on the nanoscale, as small as a billionth of a metre wide.

The materials used to construct them are arranged in certain patterns or shapes, designed to perform specific tasks.

Most are created on computers and 3D-printed as plastic blocks or slabs, although metals and other materials can also be used.

One such task is to bend electromagnetic radiation around an object.

The first examples only worked with long-wavelength radiation, such as microwaves, while others altered the path of near-infrared radiation.

Some can bend sound waves to focus them for medical purposes or to create speakers which direct sound to a specific spot.

Some scientists have claimed there is nothing stopping them from scaling their inventions up to hide objects from visible light.

So far, however, this has proved more of a challenge.

When light is shone upon an object it is either reflected or absorbed, dictating how it appears to a human eye.

Using metamaterials, the interaction of particles with light can be changed so that the object appears invisible, or as something completely different.
The report took the viewers inside the mysterious lab where Jin Xi, a doctor of Materials Science, and his team were busy feeding pieces of material from one machine to another.

Each piece, 80cm long and 60cm wide, is said to be the plated with bronze and would be used as the base material for the Chinese ‘super material’.

A layer of special film, which could show some 20,000 patterns once exposed to light, will be added to this base material.

Sina, a Chinese news site, suggested the invisible material is likely to be used on fighter jets, in particular J-20 (pictured), which is China’s latest warplane armed with long-range missiles

China’s J-20 has been compared to America’s F-22 Raptor in terms of combat capabilities

The patterns, as tiny as 0.2 square millimetres, are said to contain thousands of micro-structures invisible to the human eye.

These micro-structures are used to control the properties of metamaterials.

The report didn’t mention what type of ‘super material’ the workers were making, but it claimed that Chinese scientists have developed metamaterials to help develop the country’s aviation industry.

A report from Sina, one of China’s largest news portals, claimed on March 11 that the lab in question is the State Key Laboratory of Metamaterial Electromagnetic Modulation Technology in Shenzhen, a state-funded lab established in 2011.


Top speed: 1,305 mph

Range: 2,113 mi

Length: 67′

Wingspan: 42′ 0″

Weight: 43,000 lbs

Engine Type: Xian WS-15 turbofan engines

Cost: $110m

Manufacturer: Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group


Top speed: 1,498 mph

Range: 1,839 mi

Length: 62′

Wingspan: 44′ 0″

Weight: 43,430 lbs

Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F119

Cost: $130m

Manufacturers: Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
The Sina report also suggested that the metamaterials would be used for military purposes.

It also indicated that the invisibility material is likely to be used on J-20 fighter jets because the jet’s chief engineer Yang Wei is also a member on the laboratory’s academic board.

China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter jets were commissioned into military service last year and are operated by the Chinese Air Force.

China’s fourth-generation fighter jet, the J-20 made its maiden flight in 2011.

According to a 2017 report from China Central Television Station, the J-20 is capable of carrying multiple types of air-to-air missiles.

It’s said to be powered by a made-in-China engine and has similar combat capabilities to those of America’s F-22 Raptor.

Source: Daily Mail “China claims it has created a ‘super material’ that’s INVISIBLE and ‘could make FIGHTER JETS impossible to see’”

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

Great Combat Capability when J-20 Joined by J-16

J-20 is certainly superior to J-16 in functions and performance but J-16’s loading capacity is much larger. As there is a crew of two on J-16, it is able to conduct attacks in complicated situation.

Now J-20 and J-16 are deployed together in the east. They have been conducting drills for coordinated air combat there. J-20s are to achieve air dominance by hitting enemy refueling tanks, AEW&C aircrafts, ground radar and air defense systems to clear the way for J-16 to hit surface and land targets with its large and longer-range ammunition.

As J-16 has active phased array radar, it can track enemy warplanes for J-20 to hit them without being seen by them. On the other hand, J-20 can lock on enemy warplanes for J-16 to hit with J-16’s heavy long-range air-to-air missile. Of course, J-20 can also carry heavier loads outside, but J-16 does not cost so much to carry similar heavy loads as J-20 does. The flight of a stealth fighter jet is much more expensive than that of J-16 a third-generation fighter jet.

Of course in dealing with enemy stealth fighters, J-20s need to be accompanied by stealth warplanes. China is developing stealth drones and medium-sized stealth fighters for that purpose.

Source: “How aweful is the combat capability of J-20 joined by J-16? Strength of new way of combat worth expecting” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

J-20 Chief Engineer’s Dream: China Sets Standards for Future Fighters

NPC deputy, fellow of Chinese Academy of Science and chief designer of J-20 stealth fighter Yang Wei told reporters in a special interview that in the past we often needed to understand what others are doing. If others did it that way, we would be confident in doing so. Now, however, we have realized the surmounting of ourselves. Since the scientific theories, technological foundation and equipment manufacture technology are common but our needs are unique, our technical line shall be independent. It in fact begins the situation where others have to study what we will do in our next step of development. That is also our goal. We shall make ourselves worthy to be studied by others. If we are not worthy to be studied by others, how can we be a party to the games?

Source: “J-20 chief engineer: One of my dreams is that standards for future fighter planes shall be set by China” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

Russia-China Military Cooperation Add Wings to Two Tigers

Russian Sputnik website says in its report that Russian military expert Vasily Kashin believes that China buys 24 Su-35s mainly for in-depth tests to study Su-35’s performance.

Russia wanted China to buy 48 Su-35s but China only wanted 2. Through 5 years prolonged hard negotiations, China and Russia finally concluded a purchase contract for 24 Su-35s at US$2 billion without transfer of any technology. That is quite expensive. However, China has made Russia agree to have some Chinese components installed in the Su-35s it provides China with. As a result, Chinese aircraft producer may take part in some parts of the manufacture processes of and learn something from the fighter jets.
By the end of 2017, Russia had delivered 14 Su-35s to China. As Russian air force needs lots of Su-35 but has only got about 30, Russia proves that it is China’s good ally in giving priority to supply of Su-35s for China.

According to Kashin, China buys 24 Su-35s mainly for in-depth tests to study its performance in order to facilitate accurate decisions on the direction of development of its J-11 heavy fighter, J-15 carrier-based fighter and J-16 fighter/bomber.

For such study, 2 are really enough. Paying $2 billion for 24, in which only 2 are needed, shows the abundance of funds Chinese military has so that China does not grudge the expense in satisfying its urgent needs for military modernization. Perhaps, China did that also to help Russia that is hard up due to Western sanctions.

There are also reports that China is interested in the very powerful F-117S vector thrust engines on Su-35 that may be imported along with Su-35. However, Russia is unwilling to sell as many as F-117S engines as China wants when the sales contract was entered into by the two countries.

In September 2017, there was report that Russia suddenly agree to sell China 400 F-117S engines.

China has developed its J-11D as good as Su-35 except its engines. When F-117S is installed on J-11D, China will be able to produce lots of the best three-and-a-half generation fighter jets in the world.

There are also reports that the engine will be used on China’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet. As China’s progress in developing its WS-15 engine for J-20 is confidential, we don’t know whether such reports are true.

Anyway, China will get good engines to strengthen its air force while Russia will obtain funds for its confrontation with the United States and EU. It proves my prediction that military cooperation between China and Russia will add wings to two tigers.

The 24 Su-35s China imported more than China wants, though not stealth, are quite useful due to their advanced functions and performance. Chinese air force announced on February 7, 2017 that China’s Su-35s were deployed in a combat patrol in the South China Sea along with other Chinese warplanes.

In an interview with Xinhua news agency, Wang Mingzhi, a professor with the PLA Air Force Command Academy said that the deployment is expected to improve the air force’s adaptive capacity in complicated situation in the air and on the sea. It enhances China’s ability to maintain national sovereignty and security and maritime interests in the South China Sea area.

According to Wang, the patrol mission is an annual training of combat readiness to maintain China’s sovereignty and security and maritime interests.

Article by Chan Kai Yee.