Thursday, November 01, 2012
China's Second Stealth Fighter Takes to the Skies
China has flown its second stealth fighter, the J-31, the smaller cousin to its previous model, the J-20. A look at either of them reveals the classic, Lockheed-Martin, F-22 Raptor pedigree.
Unlike the F-35 limited range, modest payload, marginally maneuverable light attack bomber, the Chinese 20's and 31's appear to be actual fighter aircraft. Stealth fighter aircraft, the sort that seem designed to give the F-35 fits. The F-35, of course, is designed to be able to defeat conventional, "4th-generation" fighters, not stealth fighters. Oopsie!
There are plenty of reports that China hacked Lockheed's computers, its partners' computers and the Pentagon's computers, and stole millions of lines of computer code and design data but, who knows, the spitting image similarity could just be a coincidence.