U.S. F-20 fighter Chinese experts speculate weapons bay larger than the F-22 (Figure)
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Russian stealth fighter has been such a veteran Air Force power of the “patent”, but the future is no guarantee that there will be no new members joined the ranks. United States, “Connection” magazine website recently reported speculation that China is likely to both United States and Russia are developing a new style of stealth fighter.
stealth machine features both U.S. and Russia?
Christmas period, China’s Internet forums there have been some vague images of fighter aircraft, the outside world there is speculation that this is likely to be China’s first legendary stealth fighter – F -20.
in the United States, “Aviation Week,” the fighter expert Bill Sweetman, these photographs do not distinguish between true and false, because the Chinese military on the website will always be Jingxian such as flying “helicopter carrier” of the class of creative images. However, he believes, this F -20 pictures down there may be true. More convincing, this fifth-generation stealth fighter stealth fighter has the right features: chiseled normal section, delta wing, all-moving tailplane. Can be described as F -20 appear to have the U.S. F-22 “Raptor” fighter of the first half of the fuselage, and then half a year ago is just coming out with the Russian T-50 stealth fighter demonstrator similar.
Sweetman said, “give me the impression that this is a big man, long fighter, from nose to tail around more than 70 feet (20 meters), this there is a reason. “
Sweetman speculated F -20 and sensitivity in supersonic cruise may be weaker than the F-22, but may be equipped with more weapons, tanks, and carry more more fuel. He believes that China does not need short-range stealth fighter, because “all those who are away from the target with a defensive capability (China) are far from home, and, the larger aircraft, the more likely to become a bomber.”
a whole is still significantly behind the United States Air Force
“connect” the report said, if the rumors are true about -20 F, it would mark a big on the Chinese Air Force level.
as before, all for the Chinese “new weapons” online saliva as -20 F outside world mostly speculation based on hearsay evidence, and the West are often borrows the speculation of the habit of throwing the corresponding “threat theory “, has repeatedly stressed that China’s military power should not be taken lightly. However, research in the field of stealth fighter, the West China admits there are still gaps.
“connect” the article said, a year ago, Western air power theorists to claim that, taking into account the Chinese Air Force to enhance strength, if the United States the number of F-22 will be locked in 187 , America’s “safety factor will drop.” However, the Pentagon has so far not pictures of -20 F to comment, but has maintained a “positive.” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that China is developing a stealth fighter, but insisted that China “can not be equipped in 2020 the fifth generation fighter”, and by that time the U.S. has more F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter.
why Chinese stealth fighter
in the next Bill Gates made these conclusions, F-35 project has been delayed, and China, “clearly speed up the development process of stealth fighter. ” Reported that if the photo on the network is real, indicating that F -20 blueprint has been down, but it also “is not worthy of panic,” because the development of stealth aircraft has its specific rules. Back in the 1990s, the first U.S. stealth fighter demonstrator – YF-22 and YF-23 (U.S. stealth fighter project has two bidding companies, so there are two completely different prototype) to achieve the first flight, -20 F while China’s has yet to launch, and has been mass-produced F-22 compared to 15 years it has lagged behind. In addition, considering that China needs to be addressed in the application of high-tech quality control problems, in number, F -20 take 10 years or even longer to achieve the balance of power in affecting the size of the Pacific.
military observers point out that the past 10 years, land-based “Patriot”, S-300 series missile, sea-based “standard” series of missiles and other air defense weapons, improving performance, and spread in the Asia Pacific region presents trend. It is in this advanced air defense weapons, under pressure from the military powers of the stealth fighter needs more and more urgent. As a rising power, China is facing multiple challenges should not be an exception.
In addition, after decades of technology and experience, China’s aviation industry has made achievements that attracted worldwide attention. F -10, F-11B, “Fierce Dragon” and JH -7 “Flying Leopard” and other new aircraft more and more reflect the unique design style and philosophy. So there is reason to believe that in the future development of Chinese air force, with stealth capabilities of the F -20 absolutely not just a legend.
Asia-Pacific power off Stealth “war”
Recently, Asia-Pacific countries surrounding China’s development of stealth fighters set off a wave of enthusiasm.
According to Indian media recently reported that India has plans to allocate $ 2 billion development of the first generation of production for stealth aircraft, to improve the future air combat capability. Allegedly, the first-generation Indian-made stealth fighter known as “advanced medium combat aircraft”, equipped with two engines, radar cross section is very small, all the weapons built, weighing about 20 tons, equipped with advanced air to air missiles and precision-guided bombs and other weapons with long-range combat capability. India is expected to be the first stealth fighter aircraft made its first test flight 2017 years ago.
Although Japan is in the purchase of F-22 issue run into a wall, but equipped with F-35 is a foregone conclusion. According to Japan’s defense ministry said Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force will buy nearly 40 F-35 fighters as its main models. In addition, Japan is independently developed outside the famous called “mind” of stealth fighters.
According to South Korean sources said on December 27, Korean army is considering a separate development stealth fighter, the “effective deterrent to North Korea.” The project code-named “KF-X”.
seen the development of stealth aircraft has become the trend, China follow “the international trend of” necessary and urgent. (Jose)
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