[People's Daily Online, September 29, 2016] Based on a photo posted by a netizen, it appears that another J-20 stealth fighter recently conducted a test flight. According to a military expert, the performance of the Chinese J-20 rivals that of the American F-22, People’s Daily Online reported.
According to media reports, the J-20 stealth fighter, which is currently in the process of research and development in China, is equipped with long-range missiles, an advanced active phase array radar and an electronic warfare system. In fact, many authorities believe the J-20 will become a potential rival for F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. Some of the equipment for the J-20 may even be more advanced than that of the F-22 fighters, which were put into service in 2005.
A military expert said on the condition of anonymity that the J-20 will undertake air battle tasks once it enters active service. Intelligence and distance capabilities will be crucial to air battles in the future, so the fighters must be equipped with advanced information systems, electronic warfare systems and air-to-air long-range weapons.
Many military fans want to know whether the J-20 will have a “Chinese heart." The military expert said that, as strategic mutual trust between China and Russia deepens, it is hopeful that the two countries will cooperate on the research and development of aircraft engines, which would be good news for combat platforms like the J-20.