Analysis of F-20 fighters that China is expected to equip the Air Force after 2015 (Figure)
Chinese F -20 successful maiden flight in January this year U.S. F-22 is currently the world’s most advanced stealth fighter Russian T-50 small-volume production expected in 2015 2013 the troops of the U.S. F-35
this time, China’s fourth-generation stealth fighter F -20 successful maiden flight, becoming the focus of international media and military observers hot topic. For any country, with four generations of fighter means two things: First, the national military aviation industry a qualitative leap, the second is that the Air Force for air weapons, will become a landmark event. It should be said, of soaring -20 F, indicates that China has with the U.S., Russia went into a fourth generation fighter club, air weapons development among the first group, and after the U.S., and Russia to become a second tier.
can be expected in the years between 2015-2018, the basic type of -20 F to join the Chinese Air Force; if China faced a major military threat to national security situation around the malignant process may also shortened.
-generation fighter program’s basic criteria 4S
Currently, aircraft plan-generation fighter program on behalf of the principal is, other combat aircraft with military applications is not apply this standard. Fighters did not plan on behalf of the global standard, one of the most representative of the Western countries of “four generations of division of law” and the United States after 2005 the “new division of Act Five,” and Russian “Five into law.” Divided in three ways, the U.S. F-22, Russian T-50 belonging to four generations and five generations of fighters, as “four generations of division of law” appears first, the highest level of recognition worldwide, therefore, generally regarded F-22 , T-50 included in the scope of the fourth generation fighters.
four generations of the basic standards of the West is 4S, that is, “stealth, super-mobile, supersonic cruise and high-information superiority.” The first three of which S is not much controversy, the last S as technology development and changes in military needs, has appeared in four concepts: “STOL”, the second is “high maintenance”, the third is ” BVR combat, “four” high information superiority. ” Currently, the highest level of acceptance is the first of four concepts, namely “high-information superiority.” According to the F-22 manufacturer Lockheed – Martin’s interpretation of the official document: “high information superiority”, or “senior campaign awareness and effectiveness of the aircraft” means aircraft should have a “network-centric warfare battlefield situation awareness capacity “, the aircraft will become a node in network centric warfare, fighting with other combat units to share intelligence, the pilot can fully understand their own environment.
Therefore, the final S is understood, the “high information superiority” fighter of the era of the most characteristic and most able to reflect a qualitative difference with the three generations of aircraft, while the former three kinds of understanding in the development of third-generation fighter and improve the process, has been largely achieved, then let’s do the standard four-generation fighter, there is always the feeling of the passage of time.
just successful test flight of the F -20 fighter, the West and Russia have a different generation of sub-standard result: if by Western standards is the fourth generation, according to Russian standards of the Five Dynasties. Since China does not own independent criteria for the classification, according to the worldwide recognition of four generations of a relatively high degree of classification method, called the fourth generation is more appropriate, or acceptance by the military high number of fans.
four generations of aircraft development cycle is generally two to three decades
basis for the aviation industry is relatively weak countries, the development of fourth generation fighter extremely difficult . Even if the United States, Russia, so a good foundation, strong national technology and fourth generation fighter development cycle will be up to 20-30 years. Chinese fourth generation fighter in the 20 years of exploration process, to overcome many difficulties:
1, stealth shape design to achieve stealth shape design is an important prerequisite, although there are F-22, etc. as a reference, but the real design their own four-generation machine, not a lot of wind tunnel and electromagnetic testing, there would be no need to meet the fourth generation of stealth shape;
2, absorbing materials research, compared with three generations of machines, four on behalf of the machine body of the material requirements are too stringent, both on the radar has a good absorption, compatible with the exterior design to achieve superior stealth effect, but also to ensure continued need for the Sonic Cruiser in the strength of super-difficult to conceivable;
3, fourth-generation fighter engine technology, engine thrust increased by 30% compared with about three generations of confidential, with sustained supersonic cruise capability, usually also have a thrust steering and well maintained properties with low infrared and radar features for supersonic cruise and maneuvering to provide ultra-powerful force;
4, an integrated information system to be able to achieve electromagnetic stealth and efficient exchange of information, such as passive phased array airborne radar, integrated information display systems, data links, etc., which is fourth-generation fighters, the most difficult to find, but some of the highest technical content.
formation flight and combat power is not a concept
the saying goes, the plane was “flying” out. The first flight with new aircraft combat effectiveness is not a real concept. Strictly speaking, the first flight of the role of strong authentication technologies, it is just the start of verification.
U.S. F-22 flight from 1997 to 2005 troops, with eight years, the test workload is huge, nine prototypes while flying together to complete up to 7542 hours 54 minutes flight test work. December 15, 2006, F-35 after first flight, there have been seven prototypes for test flight, 2013 to 2015 troops, up to 7-9 years.
2010 年底 Russian T-50 flight is completed, ready to manufacture five prototype flight test in 2015 and can be fitted out in small batch production, although it doubts whether Russia in such a short time timely completion of all trials.
Therefore, F -20 after a successful maiden flight at least 5-8 years of test flights to verify new airborne equipment, flight control systems, weapons systems, power systems, and overall performance of the whole machine and eventually a small group of troops. It is anticipated that between the years 2015-2018, the basic F -20 to join the Chinese Air Force, if China faced a major military threat to national security situation around the malignant process may also be shortened. Xinhua/map
VS underestimate the media interpretation of high to see two errors
-20 F to the successful maiden flight from the first time in almost occupied the main layout and international media, even as the U.S. CNN headlines, which shows the sensation. However, when the media there are two errors in the interpretation, summary: First, high to see; the second is underestimated.
media that already has with the U.S. F -20 F-22 combat conditions, attack more, will change over the Pacific Ocean’s military strength, China’s aircraft carrier battle groups around the United States, the United States in Japan, South Korea and other major threats facing bases. This view has given a very high performance F -20, but the main purpose is to challenge China’s use of service F -20. This conjecture out of view, is the U.S. Cold War thinking on China, while China has its own definition for the F -20 “two noes” policy: not directed against any country, not against any target. F -20 to adapt to China’s military transformation is the construction of new equipment, but also to safeguard China’s sovereignty and security and a new weapon, the development of China’s aviation industry to a certain level naturally results.
some media the first flight of F -20 dismissive of it as just a pure technology demonstrator, basically no stealth capabilities, no new engine, or even that the Chinese “to create a stealth fighter shape of the shell, “these views in terms of the J -20 is a serious underestimate, mainly due to fear of the J -20. Since the 1990s, China began four generations of machine development work, after 20 years, not only to create a fourth generation machine shell, if so, Japan for one year to complete the “mind” stealth fighter wooden model, would not more rapidly?
can be said that each weapon are generated by an opponent, while the back is a revolutionary weapon represents a new strategy and tactics. As China’s first fourth-generation stealth fighter, F -20 appearance, showing an urgent need for China as a peaceful development of the country, desperately aware of the growing face serious national security situation and challenges.
F -20 fighter of China’s development is already completed in F-22 production and the troops, F-35 being high-density test flight, T-50 first flight and the development of the column after loading schedule begin to force, F -20 has the advantage of time and long-term technical reserves, do not consume valuable time and resources to accumulate a weird shape shell alerted the world. China’s “Shenzhou” 5 of a soaring, the first manned space flight to create the longest, four generations of fighters for 20 years of exploration with the Chinese aviation industry and air force, has the wisdom and advanced technology into the F – 20, China’s fourth generation fighter will not let the world down.