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Video: China’s Stealth Fighter Back in the Air

by John Reed on November 30, 2011

Speaking of Asia’s new crop of stealth fighters, here’s the latest video of China’s J-20. The film apparently shows the jet making test flights on Nov. 12 after a month long break from flying.

Click through the jump for the video.

Enjoy!

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Nessuno November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’d just like to note that the video of this was made from inside the airbase.

It’s pretty obvious now, if it wasn’t already, that the J20 images are being deliberately leaked for foreign consumption.

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Yum Yum November 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Yes… But more like domestic consumption. The people is being misled to believe it is a 5th generation fighter. It is NOT!

Big fat exhausts, no supercruise engine, bulky shape, etc. are features that are hardly stealthy.

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adsadwq November 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

such an educated evaluation

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jamesb November 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Sure that ain't a F-22?

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fullspec November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

lol if ya can’t tell then you have problems

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Jeffry March 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

The recent dsfneee spending bill has several thousand other spending appropriation earmarks hidden in it not related to dsfneee or the military. Shouldn’t we require all spending and legislation to stand alone and pass or fail on their own merits. Discussion please.

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mick_gens December 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

are U Sure U aint a Unicorn?

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Morty November 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm

No Its not no matter how much information they get about the F-22 the j-20's not even a fighter.

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BobSacamano November 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Yep, a convoluted-articulated, well hinged copy of an F-22…

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Dave Barnes November 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Not foreign consumption, but domestic. Did you hear the child's voice in the background?

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Stratege November 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

It's looks that the prototype have short take-off capability… with its Chinese made engine. Impressive.
The canopy of J-20 looks like almost exactly copy of F-22's canopy (at least from distance). Espionage or blind copying of foreign technology?
Ugly bird anyway. Aesthetics is not good.

I think that the PAK-FA/T-50 should win beauty contest among the stealth aircraft:
img.lenta(dot)ru/maks2011/photo/2011/08/18/pakfa/pic014.jpg

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fullspec November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

So with so much in common with the F22, based on your expert observations, are you saying that our F22 looks like crap?

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Tim November 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Should leave beauty contest to the real Russian models, not the 'babushka' like aircraft that claimed to be 5th generation fighter without real engine and stealth technology. Things do look good on paper though…

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Taggert November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The Chinese are making sure this plane gets ALL the attention. I would say they have something deep inside the country they'd rather not have anyone picture or see. Possible a long range stealth bomber?

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cozine December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Like another stealth plane being secretly developed? You got it.

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crackedlenses November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

If this is what they want us to see, they probably have something else behind closed doors; that is what we should be worried about, if you insist on wasting the time….

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@4FingrsOfBurbon November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

That is a huge airplane….

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mick_gens December 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Look at the proportions between the people that going in and the Plane… it isn't that big

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Lance November 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Looks like a copy of the older YF-23 with a canards replacing the tail. Over all the Chinese are 5 years behind the Russians and 10+ years behind the USAF. They are way ahead of Japan that what counts to them.

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gunslinger6 November 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

It looks more like the Mig 1.5 or what ever it was called, that the Russians were planning on making as their first stealth aircraft. They dropped that and suprise who picked it up China. Now the Russians have the PaK/T-50

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justsaying November 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You must be blind. This plane looks nothing like the YF-23, aside from having wings.

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Lance December 1, 2011 at 2:57 am

Sorry Justsaying BUT the fuselage is nearly identical the wings are different.

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Roy Smith November 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Please,China is our friend. We NEED each other. They send us money,they send us checks. Where would Walmart be without toxic products from China to poison us to death. We need their faulty tires to explode on the roads & cause yet another traffic death. Look how much our defense needs their counterfeit circuits & chips. Where would we be without their toxic poisonous toothpaste,pet food,lead painted toys to kill our children & pets. This is just some silly attempt to start another cold war & have us buy more weapons from the dreaded “Military-industrial Complex.” C’mon man,can’t we all just all get along,sing kumbaya,& proclaim peace & safety on earth? We luv China.
And don’t get me started on how far superior our weapons are over their’s………….

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Rebieb Nitsuj November 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I like it. The J20 references some of the early classics of the stealth genre but adds a few new twists of its own. Keep up the good work guys!

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Stephen Russell November 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

House these jets in same Bunker complex??
& some subs??
Scary.

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USAF November 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

this thing is a piece of shit. you dont go out and build a 72 foot long fighter and think it is maneuverable. also USA's f-35 and f-22's have WAY WAY better radar and avionics and missiles.

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JRL November 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Not all single-seat tactical aircraft are designed with dogfighting in mind. the The J-20 may be a long-range naval strike plane, or even as an asymmetric response to the F-22./35.

It may be that the PLAAF has decided that their best hope of countering F-22s (or PAK-FAs, for that matter) over the Pacific is not to try and directly mix it up with them, but rather to be just stealthy, fast, and long-ranged enough to swing around behind them and shoot down their supporting tankers.

Not even the mighty Raptor can outrun, or outmanouver an empty fuel tank….

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Tim November 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

It doesn't look that fast as it is being touted. They are way behind in the engine department. No supercruise, no maneouverability, no stealthy technology… it is best just a demonstrator.

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Guest December 1, 2011 at 3:33 am

Until tonight we didn't know they had 3000 miles of tunnels and we still don't know how many warheads they've got. How do you know where they are with engine technology?

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Guest A December 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You build a 72 foot long fighter to get to Taiwan and back…

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Chimp December 2, 2011 at 2:55 am

Most of Taiwan is in range of Mainland based MRL systems. Point of fact, there may be NO part of Taiwan that's outside the range fan of the latest 300mm MRL, if the Zhuahi show info is accurate. Probably is, as they were touting these systems for export.

In other words, the J-20 isn't needed for airstrikes on Taiwan.

My guess, the wars the PLA is preparing for, in descending order of likelihood:

North Korea
Vietnam
India
Taiwan (which means the US and Japan as well).

I reckon the J-20 is designed for defence suppression over North Korea. Against their crappy radar system, the J-20 is going to be effectively invisible.

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SjöRobban December 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

It's huge, how does it compare in size to the F-35?

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Infidel4LIFE December 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

Its the size of an F-111. Not a dogfighter for sure. Long range anti-ship platform? Thats a big aircraft.

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kevin December 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

That plane is for shooting down US stealth bombers, and yes… they do want to show it off, and it probably has acoustic guided missiles that are fire and forget, and will home in on the sound of the B-2 engines in all ranges and weather… they just need a platform to get it up into the ceiling range of the B-2, that's why it's so big. It's not a fighter, that would be like calling the F-11 a fighter, when it's a small bomber as well. LOL

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Andrew December 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Of all things to target on a B-2, you target the sound? Have you ever heard a B-2? They come to Chicago's air show every few years and of all things I can be sure of about it, is that they are extremely quiet for a plane their size, really for a plane at all. Your better off tracking the heat from the engine like every other IRST system.

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Chuck December 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

You don't need stealth to down a B-2, so that is a waste if it was intended solely to down B-2s. I agree that is is more likely a strike plane, for use against Taiwan or carriers. Also, the stealth will help against non-stealthy fighters. Not likely a good dofgifht plane though. If the enemy's missile warning recievers are working, this plane will will not have as much an advantage as you may think. Probably would be picked up by IRST fairly quickly, if not hiding in the clouds. Also, noticed it went into full reheat to take off, which means it probably won't do much supercuising.

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Kevin January 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Wouldn't the parachute deployment on landing indicate the runway is too short for a convential takeoff? I suggest either the runway is very short, or they did that with the engines deliberatly to demonstrate a carrier capability.

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PMI November 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

That was a 'shopped fake. The reason the intakes looked similar to the F-35s is because they were F-35 intakes.

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justsaying November 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

What country isn't working on something else in the shadows?

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