Indian foreign media will pick 5th generation aircraft and the Chinese J-20 tied for that challenge the West
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According to the” Eurasian Review “4 21 Journal article said, some of Asia’s aviation industry is working to develop fifth-generation fighter; despite enormous technical obstacles, these countries may be replaced by Western European countries leading aircraft research and development center position in the global market may give some real competition in the U.S. .
centuries, North America and Europe has been dominated by the latest military technology. Almost all of the great breakthroughs in weapons, from muskets to missiles, from North America and Europe. Perhaps, Western countries have overwhelming advantage in military technology is the fighter.
since World War II, some Western countries, is basically the United States, former Soviet Union/Russia, Britain, France and Sweden, the control of the global aircraft industry markets. Many countries are seeking to enter this market: Argentina in the 1950s, Egypt and India in the 1960s, Israel and South Africa in the 1980s, have attempted to develop the industry; However, they failed to obtain a special success. Some development, such as India, HF-24 “Fengshen” is a complete failure. Even now, 90 percent of world air force fighter is the production of the five countries, or copied based on aircraft in these countries.
However, due to start some new aircraft projects in Asia, the West’s domination in this area may begin to collapse. These new aircraft are expected in the next 10 to 20 years service; Therefore, the focus will gradually aircraft industry began to close from the North Atlantic to Asia. This change may have on the military aviation sector in Western Europe have serious consequences, may eventually challenge the United States in the field of absolute dominance.
Asian fighter project: Who will succeed? Who will fail?
Asian fighter R & D distribution is extremely uneven, such as Southeast Asia did not have the ability to conduct national research and development aircraft. Although Habibie (BJ Habibie) claim that efforts to build Indonesia’s air power; or Singapore aircraft technology to successfully carry out maintenance and upgrades. In addition, Taiwanese aviation industry has developed an advanced trainer (AT-3) and front-line fighters (Ching-kuo). However, the actual goal of abortion, the decade did not produce a new aircraft.
even decades, aviation technology has been in leading positions in Asia and Japan (the only in the region before World War II military aircraft industry with countries) fell in the indeterminate state. Its current F-2 fighter made the technology and the end of the project: composite wing is easy to break, the price is too expensive (based on the construction of the F-16 three times), which makes the reduction of military procurement from 130 to 98. When the last one year the delivery of F-2, Japan does not continue to produce the aircraft, no new projects to replace F-2.
rising centers: China, India and South Korea
the other hand, some Asian countries, although very few aircraft production, but an upward trend. China in January this year was the first test flight F -20, shocked the world. Currently, the fighters also know very little, which is similar to the U.S. fifth generation fighter F-22. However, of course, prove that F -20 China’s ambitions; its ambitious production of power ready to enter the ranks of fighters.
India is also trying to develop cooperation with Russia, the fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi project is based on the T-50 aircraft. If the project is successful, it will make India a generation leap in fighter technology to achieve will make up for its long delays and cost overruns “brilliant” fighter project.
Finally, Korea is working to design two local fighters, is a twin canard and a KF-X fighter like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Interestingly, Indonesia and South Korea and Turkey are eager to cooperate in the development and manufacturing of a two.
Europe how to do?
all these fighters within a decade, R & D projects is expected to flight, or even deployment. Of course, these countries or in some obvious design of the aircraft, into the actual fighters are still facing enormous challenges. India’s over-reliance on Russian technology and systems, while South Korea has the technology to produce with its own advanced fighter there is a high degree of uncertainty. But if these countries succeed, there will be the focus of the global aircraft industry structural changes.
Europe in the global aircraft system status was taken away in Asia is very dangerous. Western Europe is basically take 30 years to develop a new fighter. Currently, the lack of financial support for the European aviation sector “Typhoon”, French “Rafale” fighter, the Swedish “Gripen” after the fifth generation fighter development. People are talking about a European UCAV may become the next generation fighter program in the region, but this is still under discussion.
Therefore, the future of the global aircraft industry may be the United States and Asia monopoly. Although the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be the rule in the next two decades in this area. Especially in international sales, some increase in aircraft-producing countries in Asia and the United States may eventually start a real competition. (Sri Lanka years)