The media said the F -20 fighter may use hard aerial refueling system
Figure: China’s R & D F -20 demonstrator.
“China strategy” reported that, recently, the highly anticipated F -20 second prototype of a clear diagram on the network, the machine overall layout of the first frame remains unchanged, but there are also some amazing details. Users found that the 2002 machine the machine back to two of the bars, so obvious signs of Generally aircraft are special purpose control of foreign aircraft point of view, the most may be hard-air refueling system, oil mouth. If true, then China may be the second country with hard-air refueling system after the United States. Although France also developed a related system, but taking into account cost and other reasons, the French Air Force, or continue to use the soft air refueling system.
China has a vast number of pre-battlefield away from the mainland, due to the increasingly expensive cost of modern combat aircraft, the size of the Air Force aircraft and equipment tend to be concise, the special needs of the combat aircraft with remote mobile operations more pressing requirements for aerial refueling system, hard-air refueling systems and equipment will significantly improve our Air Force long-range combat capability.share: