The Chinese Are Developing A Stealth Fighter Too

by Daniel Russ on January 26, 2010

Chinese Stealth Fighter Prototype

“The general design concept of the J-XX is that of a fifth generation fighter which incorporates stealth, supercruise, manoeuvrability and VSTOL. One or more of the proposed designs are believed to incorporate several design features for increasing stealth and manoeuvrability while decreasing weight and drag.

A V-shaped pelikan could be implemented, replacing conventional vertical tail fins and horizontal stabiliser structures. This would be beneficial for reduction of radar signature, weight and aerodynamic drag, since control surface area and corresponding control mechanisms are reduced. Problems faced by this type of design are flight control system complexity and control surface loading. If the pelikan tail is adopted, use of engines with thrust vector control may alleviate these problems.

The new fighter may have a significantly longer fuselage than other fifth generation fighter designs such as the F-22, for reduction of transonic and supersonic drag. A trapezoidal wing may be implemented for reduction of drag and radar signature. Use of an ‘s’-shaped air inlet and boundary layer separation system would greatly reduce radar signature.”

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Corsair8x January 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I’ll believe it when I see it. The Russians are complaining that they are producing their own fighters by reverse-engineering all of theirs. So for this fighter to happen by that account, someone would have to design it first. So maybe the new Russian stealth? Problem with that is that the Russians would have to agree to let them evaluate theirs, and they are not willing to fall for that trick again. Even if they did, the new Russian fighter still carries it’s weapons external. So it’s as stealthy as the Typhoon. So perhaps we should call it “reduced observable” or something like that. I don’t see this occurring outside of the propaganda channels, at least not until someone else designs it first – and agrees to let them “evaluate” it.

Bill January 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

it seems to me the design at first glance, the design has inherent problems like stability problems in flight look at the flatness of the sides like the SR-71 meaning its fast in a straight line but sucks on turning at high speeds meaning large arch for a turn so they added canards to aide with the turning problems what a joke of a fighter. In my opinion they designed it to be stealthy/fast, it seems me the canards are a after thought. Can I watch it fall out of the air in real word dogfight.

Steven Miller January 14, 2011 at 3:52 am

Cool, can’t wait to see it and get some spec’s on it!

viper January 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

It doesn’t matter if the Damn thing has canards or not. Secretary Gates says that the chinese are way behind in fighter Aircraft design and development. What a croc of shit. They are working hard right now to develop at keast one design of stealth technology and when they let you see it that means they probably already have a working prototype in the air. We have stopped production of the most advanced fighter in the world and the Russians now have four diffrent prototype models flying and being produced right now. If we would restart production right now we could stay ahead of every other country that has the U.S. in their sights. I don’t think we are going to do that, but you never know. If the President would just put back the programs that the Marines have been approved of we would put thousands back to work and put this country at a much better place in the sense of security.

Daniel Russ January 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

The problem isn’t that we can’t stay ahead. The problem is our planes are significantly more expensive than other nations’ planes. The Russians and Chinese work cost into their combat equipment and we don’t because for so long military contractors got everything they wanted. The relationship between procurement officers, weapons manufacturers, lobbyists and Congress is not a professional one. It’s a cozy, rigged system where cost overruns are all approved and no one is held accountable for weapons that are too costly or don’t work.

The F-22 might be advanced, but it has serious technical problems that even flight line mechanics complained about; and the ability to keep a live fighting force in the air for rigorous sorties would be almost impossible.

That, and it’s like a quarter of a billion dollars per plane.

Sure you might need a gun to protect your home. Will you buy it if it’s million dollars?

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