China for the first time presented to the public its newest fifth-generation fighter J-20, writes Interfax.
The fighter was shown at MAKS Airshow China in 2016, held in Zhuhai, 50 km West of Hong Kong. Demonstration flight aerobatic team “Bailly” of the people’s liberation army of China.
The plane called the Chinese response to the American multi-purpose fighter of the fifth generation F-22 Raptor and F-35 that the US and Japan in the near future plan to use in the Pacific region.
A large part of the tactical and technical characteristics of Chinese aircraft remains secret. According to “bi-Bi-si”, the fighter will be equipped with anti-ship missiles and is designed to protect the waters of the Pacific ocean.
Fighter J-20 was developed for the Aviation industrial Corporation in the city of Changde. Since the first test flight in January 2011, the aircraft made a few dozen test flights. Chinese authorities plan to introduce the new fighter into service in 2017-2019 years.
Earlier, the chief of staff of the air forces of the USA David Goldfein said in August that it is not impressed by the Chinese fighter. According to him, it is incorrect to compare
The F-35 and J-20, reported BreakingDefense.com. According to the American military, the American F-35 integrated more technological weapons and systems, which gives him an advantage.
According Goldfein, the latest Chinese fighter is more like the equipment for the fighter F-117A US air force made its first flight in 1980-ies and which is no longer in active use by the United States.