U.S. media said that China seems to be no intention to conceal the F-20 flight test (Figure)
foreign media published on the “F -20 flight” in the media
Singapore, “Lianhe Zaobao” website reported on January 11 witnesses, according to friends in Chengdu, China has stealth fighter F -20 on at 12:50 on January 11, 2011 or so for the first test flight took off, 13:11 successful landing. The entire flight process is accompanied by F-10S completed under trainer battle, which lasted about 18 minutes, a success.
successfully completed its first flight in the F -20 After landing, both inside and outside cheering a field test, the airport is also a series of sensational fireworks onlookers.
AP, Beijing, January 11 – Chinese stealth fighter first flight today, marking the country’s development of cutting-edge military technology has made great progress.
Canada, “Chinese Defense Review,” edited by Andrei Chang said, F -20 in Chengdu – one flying over the airport about 15 minutes last week, someone had seen it on the runway at the airport test.
the flight arrangements in the United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during his visit, usually a closely guarded secret of the Chinese military did not try to hide.
apparently to show that Beijing is in tune with the United States and other countries urged to strengthen their defense modernization and future intentions of transparency.
Although the F -20 may be put into service a few years, there may be the U.S. F-22 “Raptor” stealth fighter’s potential adversaries, the latter is the only active stealth fighter. The United States also is the stealth technology for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Russia’s Sukhoi T50 stealth fighter first flight last year, is expected to be put into use about four years.
Central News Agency Beijing January 11, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei -20 F today to answer questions about the issue of test is true that the national upgrade weapons and normal.
website reported today the mainland more than a new R & D F -20 fighter test flight was successful, Hong Lei, the Foreign Ministry’s regular press conference by the media asked for confirmation that the message is true, only that “all countries to update their weaponry normal. ”
Hong Lei said that China’s weapons development based entirely on their own security and defense needs, is to defend national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, not targeted at any country and specific goals.
Reuters, Beijing, January 11 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Chinese President Hu Jintao said after Hu Jintao confirmed China’s first test flight today, a stealth jet fighter.
Gates said, cutting-edge F -20 fighter is not he chooses when he visited China in the first test flight, but earlier it planned.
Gates told reporters: “President Hu Jintao directly asked me this question, he said, the test no relationship with my visit, but planned in advance.”
speculation technical performance
United States, “Connection” magazine website reported January 10, “Defense Technology International” magazine editor Bill Sweetman judgments, F -20 “is both a fighter-bomber.” He said the F-20 “in the supersonic cruise performance and agility may not be as F-22. But the weapons bays and relatively large amount of fuel to carry.”
However, the think tank, “the Australian air force,” the science and Peter Carlos Ghosn took the opposite view, they believe, -20 F is not so much the better fighter bomber. They say, F -20 optimized design, to use high-altitude intercept long-range missiles quickly, rather than close air combat. Science and Ghosn predicted that the future influx of -20 F to target will play a key role in supporting aircraft flying behind the front – E-3 reconnaissance aircraft and EC-130 radar jammer.
by winning the support force, F -20, if not the United States in the Pacific air operations to a standstill, may also lead to serious complications. Do not try to use the Navy’s F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” or the Joint Strike Fighter Air Force F35A intercept F -20. Science and Ghosn wrote, compared with China’s stealth fighter, the United States, the two jet fighters “from the aerodynamics and kinematics point of view are at a considerable disadvantage.”
United States, “Aviation Week” website reported on January 10 with China’s latest F-20 stealth fighter available and high-speed ground test accident, the U.S. Navy senior intelligence officials acknowledged that the Pentagon miscalculated the Beijing development of military the speed of new technology.
Naval Operations Vice Minister 戴维多塞特 will say: “(F -20) secret photos, I do not know when it will be put into use.”
other intelligence officials in Washington said they watched with interest the F -20 test. Another senior analyst, said: “It conducted a number of head of high-speed wheels touch the ground taxiing in before the actual first flight there are still some flaws.”
analysts said: “In view of this types of aircraft will not be a success even if the full test flight of the fourth generation (aircraft), from that point, it is difficult to determine its combat capability. Fundamentally, it requires decades to put into mass production, which will affect our action plan. “
They believe that the engine is the Achilles heel of China’s high performance aircraft. In China can not produce the required world-class fighter engine.
interesting flight time?
Hong Kong, “Economic Times” reported on January 10 Bill Gates to visit China to study Chinese military power to become a major focus. And before departure, frequent exposure to China’s ballistic missiles against aircraft carriers at sea and next-generation stealth fighter F -20. Some analysts believe that China aims to Gates showed a strong military power.
22 began last month, a group accused China’s new generation fighter F -20 photos posted online. As the most prominent feature is the F-20 stealth, supersonic cruise and high mobility, it is considered the world’s only investment will be used in the F22 stealth fighter a threat to the United States.
United States, “Wall Street Journal” Web site reported Tuesday January 11 online images and eyewitness descriptions of exposure seems to indicate that China has stealth fighter prototype made its first flight, to coincide with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Beijing held talks with Chinese leaders. He had previously underestimated the Chinese stealth fighter R & D capabilities.
F -20 fighter Chinese government to allow the images circulated on the Internet, according to experts, it clearly shows that the PLA would like these images made public. These images show that China could become the United States in the development of the opponent’s F22 fighter aircraft is being made faster than expected progress in the outside world.
Bloomberg Jan. 11 (Xinhua) Chinese F -20 fighter flight came today, there are legislators that China’s move to the United States showing the air force has political implications.
the Legislative Yuan Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Chinese KMT Legislator Shuai Hua-min said the test slide, are subject to pre-flight planning, deliberately during Gates’s visit to the inevitably have political implications.
KMT Legislator Lin Yu-fang also believes that the recent U.S. joint military exercises with South Korea moves to China a lot of pressure, the test can be regarded as the practice of China will not back down. If China has a new aircraft, the U.S. should be more willing to sell Taiwan F-16C/D fighters, and even better weapons.
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