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Pic of the Week: China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Head-On

by John Reed on June 1, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. This is absolutely your pic of the week. You’re looking at the Heads Up Display on China’s J-20 stealth fighter. This is the first time we’ve seen the J-20’s holographic HUD up close. (The jet shown is the second J-20 test jet, number 2002. You can tell because 2002’s pitot tube sticks straight out of the front of the nose, while 2001’s sits further back on the radome.)

Just for fun, compare the view of the J-20 and its cockpit with that of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor below. Can you say reverse engineering/espionage?

Via China Defense Blog.

 

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4FingerOfBouron June 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Funny…Looks pretty similar….but will it perform the same?

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Andy June 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

will it perform the same?

NO….They can even design the RICE COOKING MACHINE.

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Anon June 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

The way America has lost it's moral compass, turned away from the God of the Bible and how it frequently underestimates it's opponents and sells out its own people makes it a big target to be humbled in the worst way one day.

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Anoon2 June 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

“turned away from the God of the Bible”

Nothing has been the same since the Middle Ages.

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HeeHaw June 3, 2012 at 2:45 am

China develops economy while rednecks read Bible.

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Thomas L. Nielsen June 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

"….turned away from the God of the Bible…."?

Would that be the "love thy neighbour" God of the Bible or the "stone people to death" God of the Bible? They're both in there, and the difference is not insignificant.

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

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UAVgeek June 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Which is a Japanese brand. Zojirushi literally means "Mark of the Elephant". Asian culture knowledge fail man.

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Technoweapon June 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

I would pay to see the two duke it out in a training excersize. Such close similarities always leaves me dying to know what little differences make the difference, you know?

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I'm sure the PLAAF would be dying to know too.

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shawn1999 June 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Of course they won't perform the same!

In the US, it cost 4-5 times more than it was supposed to, and was completed a year or two after, with hypoxia issues being reported for the last year.

In China, if it takes longer, costs more, heads will (literally) roll and the next in the chain of command will be put in charge- with promise of the same fate.

So of course not- China's will perform better.

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bob December 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

thats what she said

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DG1981 June 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The Chinese can only imitate while the West innovates.

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Black Owl June 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The Chinese also spend small amounts compared to the West's costs of research and development. We need to find a way to stop this and soon.

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Stan June 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

They spend small amounts because we borrow quite a bit of money from them, use some of that money on military R&D which they steal and then repay them with interest.

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Tad June 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Yup, exactly like the Japanese. They copied our cars, trucks, tv's, radios, etc…, and look what losers they've turned out to be.

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Anon June 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

You're a very abrasive individual aren't you? Mostly likely you're this new generation with zero integrity and zero character who in actuality know nothing at all about innovation. Therefore, the rug will be pulled from under your feet one day.

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JoeBlow June 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

It is easier to sell out than to invest domestically and innovate.

It's free-market capitalism.

Just ask the TEA bangers.

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ohreally June 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

If Japanese electronics are so terrible, why is it nothing but Sony, Panasonic and Sharp?

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Manco June 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

lol, just like the b2 vs horten, b1 vs t160, f15 vs mig 29. I would much rather copy Russian based on historical innovation, as opposed to acquisition and or theft of scientific minds from the motherland or other parts of Europe (ie Germany). You are a very ignorant audience. Good luck.

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William C. June 2, 2012 at 3:14 am

You know that Jack Northrop was experimenting with flying wing designs in the '30s and '40s without knowledge of the Horton brothers work, right? No, I guess you didn't.

And the fact that the B-1 flew well before the Tu-160, and how the F-15 was in service about eight years before the MiG-29.

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Tim June 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

What did you expect? Idiot is what idiot does… It is always amusing to hear characters like Manco to say some ignorant thing like this, but I'm not surprised.

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Vec June 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

STOP DREAMING .IT WILL EVEN BE BETTER

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jjj June 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

You realize that the people designing these things for the "West" are foreigners right? It started with Germans after WW2, then to Chinese and Indian scientists.

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Dark Night September 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

Picasso has a great saying: Good artists imitate, Great artists steal.

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Lance June 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Yawn another J-20 pic and it looks similar to a Raptor yawn.

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Kole June 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The J-20 looks too damn big to be an uber-stealth threat.

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JackBlack June 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

bomber threat that is.

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A. Nonymous June 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Indeed it is, Yoda.

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Pablo Munoz June 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

More likely to be a Multi-Role aircraft than just a stealth bomber or maybe a Stealth Fighter-Bomber. It has the aerodynamic characteristics of a fighter with it's delta wing configuration. Little can be said from just looking at photos. One can only speculate.

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Jc frog June 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Shape might be similar for same technical reasons; a bit like all compact cars look the same nowadays. ??
never underestimate the "other side" , they are nowhere proving to be stupid.

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Stan June 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

The impression I get is that they would still be running around with bows and spears if they couldn't steal or buy (mostly steal) from others. Their last major contribution to armsmaking was made about a thousand years ago and I am not sure they realized it. Which of course doesn't at all mean they should be underestimated. For a country with what, 4-5 thousand years of recorded history to have achieved so little lately I would have a chip on my shoulder too.

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CJ June 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Stan you ignorant fool. They are the oldest standing civilization in the world. They achieved much more over the course of history than most have. They did not have the need to develop a high tech military, having been excluded from the arms race during the cold war, having been a peaceful nation during the first and second world wars, and have now had to build up their defensive capability based on a fabricated threat from the west. Their military time line is not as impressive, but their civilization continues to move forward, having a nation of over a billion people to deal with. You should go there and see for yourself. That is if you can afford it, and if you wish to be more culturally up to date.

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Stan June 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

They were very peaceful during WW2, as they were getting raped by the Japanese. I am aware of their substantial achievements over thousands of years, it's the time since they invented gunpowder and paper that's more relevant, however. Because Europe, and a bit later, the US did quite a bit since then. Your hurt feelings notwithstanding what I said was true. They would be nowhere if not for the West and politically, they are still in the Middle Ages. Their recent breakneck-paced development is possible because they are standing on the shoulders of giants, not to sound too grandiose.

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Stan June 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Did I also mention that they cheated and stole their way to their current state of prosperity? Personally, I feel we should return the favor posthaste but I am not sure they have anything worth stealing.

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asdf June 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

lol "they cheated" you naive retard. The world's not fair. Anything a country can do and get away with is fair game.

blight_ June 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

What cheating? Nobody told Stanley to make screwdrivers in China, or Old Navy's suppliers to move overseas. Or Schwinn to make bicycles in Taiwan to compete with Nishiki (leading to Giant, which then started plants in China). Or Apple moving production from the US during the '90s.

The "stealing" only occurs after you give the other country the means to actually use what they can steal. From American industrial history, American entrepreneurs broke British patents and stole British ideas from the industrial powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution to start their own here. Greed is good, and theft is normal.

john December 23, 2012 at 3:27 am

Agree, it is stupid and dangerous to underestimate the Chinese possibly our future adversary.

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Xiao Liu June 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Who uses HUDs anymore? Oh yeah! Backwards countries who copy technology!

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duuude June 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

F-22 has a HUD.

You were saying…?

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ltfunk June 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Yea and the F-35 has a Typhoon helmet duct taped to the pilots face. LOL

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Fanni March 26, 2014 at 4:45 am

What an awesome way to explain this-now I know evygrthine!

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Black Owl June 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I wonder where they got the data from the F-22? I find it frightening that they can take so much knowledge from us simply through cyber espionage. The Chinese have difficulty getting anything from Russia's fighter programs or engine designs without stealing an actual unit. I later found out that this might be because Russian engineers and designers have a long history of doing major calculations and notes on paper and hand writing them out. By comparison we practically abuse computers to do the numbers and store the data on drives that we pay Chinese companies to manufacture. You can't hack paper. Maybe we should start doing some of that. This of course still doesn't stop the Russians from selling old or rejected designs like the MiG-1.44 to the Chinese though.

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Dayne June 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Its easy to make a rough copy of the skin of an aircraft, but i doubt it will perform as good as a raptor when they send it up for the first time

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Black Owl June 2, 2012 at 12:24 am

Make no mistake I think the J-20 is entirely inferior to the F-22 and the Russian PAK-FA. I think it was made to be truck for cruise missiles to be launched at carriers and not an air superiority fighter.

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tiger June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Considering the F-22 has done jack zero & there are less than 200 of them I'm not very impressed with it. I like to breath while flying.

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Black Owl June 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

lol, me too. I guess there are a lot of things that I am not impressed with the F-22 about. I doubt that the USAF will use them in combat anytime soon because the consequences of losing one could be extremely severe. The humiliation is one thing and the risk of the technology falling into the wrong hands is another. I think as long as they have the F-16 and F-15 in their arsenal they will still do the fighting.

Vec June 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

ESPIONAGE IS A TWO WAY STREET.TOO DIFFICULT TO FACE REALITY?

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Anon June 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

You wouldn't know reality if it smacked you in the face. Underestimate your opponent and suffer the consequences.

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Tellurian Mines June 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Nice try, China

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HeeHaw June 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

How freaking hard is it to obtain a picture of the Raptor from the thousands of publicly available photos of the F-22 that are floating out there in on the internet?

Then factor into account that stealth technology obeys the laws of physics, it is not too hard for Chinese scientists to deduce the accurate shape and dimensions of the Raptor without any espionage involved.

I'm have no evidence that NO espionage was ever involved, but why automatically assume the Chinese engineers are too stupid to figure out the same solutions that U.S. scientists have?

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Black Owl June 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I'm actually thinking of that incident where Chinese hackers took information from the F-35 program. I'm just saying that they could have incorporated that into the J-20.

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Alan August 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Damn good point, you can't hack paper. Long story short, however, without a global naval presence and playing catch up in space, China is deluding itself if it thinks it can do more than challenge the control of the South China Sea.

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john December 23, 2012 at 3:25 am

Well, if you had an ounce of intelligent. You know that every nation on Earth copy others. If you know anything about military strategy, is that you never underestimate your adversary . This one of the main reasons that the U.S with almighty weapons still not winning the Taliban and lost the Vietnam war.

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Pepot April 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

It's not really hard for the Chinese to copy and build their own. The Chinese bought several Russian Sukhois for their air force. Dismantle the plane, copy and manufacture most parts. They even have the operating jet engine copied from the Mig 29. They learned already the tricks due to more than a decade of industrial revolution. Remember, if you look around in your house specially your kitchen, you will not see anymore a made in U.S.A. It's made in China. The manufacture now their own cars, trucks, farm tractors because we have the so called "American Greed"! Ford, GM and Chrysler moved their manufacturing plant in China while China also was delighted to learn, copy and manufacture it later. They also have a copied version of Boeing 737 passenger jet but they have problem selling it to the world due to SAFETY PROBLEM!!Our government is to blame too. The U.S. air force , navy and army cannot shut their mouth telling the world of their newest weapon invention. Today, we are surprise to read Chinese news that they already tested their newest Drones copied from a U..S. Predator. Pretty soon because of this lack of security, this Chinese will soon copy our Rail Gun and the newest Laser weapon. Looks like the U.S. military did not practice this slogan,"Loose mouth sinks ships"!

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Tom June 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I don't think they look that similar, the J-20 appears to be significantly wider (below the canopy the F-22 has almost vertical surfaces while the J-20's are much more horizontal) and the surfaces around the engines are more rounded on the J-20 than on the F-22. Where are the J-20's vertical stabilizers in that picture?

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Leon August 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

actually I think it looks more like the Northup YF-23, which is also an excellent plane.

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harry9876 June 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Who cares about the HUD. Are their oxygen systems faulty?

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Franklin June 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

This plane is not an imitation because its a lot bigger than a fighter. Its bomb bay is more like the fighter bomber FB22 would have been. Unlike the FB22 I would bet it will hold much larger munitions than the FB22's 250lb small bombs, and have greater range. With airborn refueling it could attack just about anywhere in the Pacific.
With all the cyberwar thats going on I wonder if they just modified the plans for the FB22.

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Russ June 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Franklin, it is smaller than an F22 by quite a substantial amount so there is no comparing it to an F22 so how can it hold much larger bombs than an F22? I personally think it is a mock-up. Remember most stealth panels are composites that come in panels or sections. They are then shipped to the assembly factory on or near an airbase. Why ship a 3/4 complete medium sized jet to be completed elsewhere. The logic isnt there. You bring the peices to it.

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Dark Night. September 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

The J-20 isn't designed to be a fighter. It might be a multirole, like the F-35, but its probably designed to be a long range stealth bomber to attack places like Taiwan or the Diaoyu/Senaku Islands or defend Chinese soil. I bet the Chinese foreign policy isn't to invade places like the US does. Since China is focused on beating Japan and Taiwan, who both don't have F-22s or F-35s, they don't need a 5th gen fighter.

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Pat June 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I want to know when these fighters are actually going to become a threat. For now they're just a gossip topic.

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exLoader June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

If their anything other previous communist technological threats, I wouldn't worry too much. We used to think the MIG's, even the newer ones, were a threat. I've had the opportunity to be up close to more than one. It takes money to keep a fleet of anything like that in the air. So if all you can afford is a dozen or so, where's the threat.

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traindodger June 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

That canopy is, in fact, a total rip-off of the Raptor's. Also, these J-20s look big and heavy, like they wouldn't maneuver too well in a dogfight and may end up being relegated to bomb truck duty. Also, coatings or no, they've got too many rounded surfaces to be particularly stealthy.

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asdf June 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

j 20's biggest in volume only. its weight and surface area are smaller than the F-22 and T-50

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@4FingrsOfBurbon June 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

Round surfaces can be stealthy, think b2…

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Dark Night September 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

Dear traindodger:
I think you should read up.
First, the J-20 is probably a stealth bomber, like the B-2. It's big and heavy so they have
a bigger range and payload. Aerial combat would taken care off by other planes such as J-11s, the version of the supermanuverable Su-27 in Chinese service. Secondly, the F-22 is not designed to dogfight. It is designed for BVR combat. If it does come to a dogfight, remember those J-11s.

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saiful333 October 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Su-27 is big and heavy too. While B-2 has many rounded surface too. And guest what..

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johnysmith June 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

As general aviation in the United States slides further into apathy China has discovered how useful a network of general aviation facilities. Is the Future of General Aviation in China? http://airsoc.com/articles/view/id/4fa177f5c6f8fa

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Ronnie June 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Have they fixed the oxygen problem….. could import them like US does everything else.

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Vec June 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

FANTASTIC SUGGESTION WITH REALISM.
TECHOLOGY IS A TWO WAY STREET

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Pappa51 June 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I was going to say the same thing… Although they may have a better OX system! Maybe we could steal it from them. . .LoL Hey, why not…

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Praetorian June 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Hikerguy June 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Like has been said, it probably is too big to be a dogfighter. It looks more of an intercepter or precision guided weapons bomber ala F-117. It's really not a bad looking aircraft, and given time, the Chinese will make it operable. Yes, they do a lot of reverse engineering and copying. But, whether through industrial espionage or just plain buying it, they will eventually get to where they need to be.
The real question is this: What will the West and other Asian nations do to prepare for it?

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duuude June 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

If the J-20's pilot uses a helmet mounted cueing system to aim its missiles, does it need to look like a dogfighter?

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Kingping King June 2, 2012 at 2:50 am

Look who's coping! Ops i mean stealing technology from the German Nazi's! Yep the Yankies!

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Ryan June 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

The nazis did lose a war to us… I think we earned whatever technology we gained from them.

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ohreally June 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

We "earned" it. We didn't "steal" it. They're not "protestors" they're "terrorists". Yeah yeah yeah. Only thing America earned was the ability to steal the technology.

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Vec June 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

STOP TELLING THE TRUTH.ITS HURTS.

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Ryan June 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Are you really standing up for the nazis because the Americans “stole” their technology? Great friends you got there…

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

Not if it was bought on the blood of Jews and Roma. Though, who in their right mind would attempt to replicate the hard won lethal-dose-of-gasoline; time-to-die-in-freezing-water experiments of the Nazis, or to repeat chemical weapons test data gained from Chinese civilians by Unit 731; or vivisection data? No sane IRB would permit such madness.

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cs4 June 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Winning the war does not automatically means you can take whatever you want. You took it without consent, doesn't it sound like stealing?

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Prodozul June 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Russians took from the Nazi's the Brits took from the Nazi's. What does it matter if we took it?

Oh wait it's the US so it's an automatic no no right?

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cs4 June 5, 2012 at 1:25 am

And you use that logic to justify your actions?

Ryan June 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

So I guess we should have never studied crashed axis aircraft during the war then right? I’m sure the Japanese were coming back for that Zero in the Aluetians… Better to fight your enemy not knowing how their hardware works is a great idea!

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Anlushac11 June 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

J-20 is considerably larger than the F-22. Maneuverability would depend on wing loading and thrust to weight ratio. F-15 and F-14 were considered large planes for their day and both were top notch dog fighters. The J-20 canopy does look like F-22 clone right down to handle locations.

Chinese are now able to build AESA RADAR units but not with anything close to F-22 or F-35 capability. That may change due to the Chinese hacking boatloads of F-35 data to the extent the F-35's flight software had to be rewritten. The Chinese are still struggling to build high output jet engines with nothing close to US or even Russian reliability.

Speculation is that J-20 is more of a missile boat or long range interceptor using stealth to allow it to rush in close, salvo off missiles, and run for home.

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Justin Garak June 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Russian Reliability, only closest thing in the world to Chuck Norris reliability.

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exLoader June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Sounds like the original Mig-25 Foxbat. The Soviet's proof that, with enough thrust, you can make 79,000 lbs. of crap fly………..

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Ben Richards June 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

And you really think that those envoy trips when China threatens to stop buying up all our debt are diplomatic ones? We should wonder if we are paying off the debt in other ways. The old saying goes, "Give the dog a bone to shut him up abit"

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Red June 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I know China steals a great deal of American tech, but I'm not sure you can look at the J-20 and F-22 straight up and conclude immediately that the J-20 was a copy of the F-22. Similar aircraft built for similar purposes tend to look similar.

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Tim June 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Well, you know what they say: Just because you can change a few light bulbs, it does not make you electrical engineers. The irony is that China does have electrical engineers, but they are just now learning to change lightbulbs…

Just because it looks like a duck, flies like a duck, even quacks like a duck, does that make it a duck?

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Frank June 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Reverse Engineering? Even allies like UK ,Japan, Australia could not get it, how and where Chinese acquired the knowledge and material?

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RememberTheAlamo June 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Frank, yours is an excellent and very important question. I spent over 30 years in research. The U.S. literaly recruits from Red China, Russia and nations of the former Soviet Union. How do they get the knowledge and material? They are smack dab in the middle of the goings-on.

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Marcellus Hambrick June 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

The Chinese will pass the US militarily a lot earlier than people think. In the US, by default, as more money is spent on social programs (including Social Security) by default less on national defense will be spent. Also, US companies have moved manufacturing know how to China. China’s rise is Anerica’s fault!

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SuttonHoo June 3, 2012 at 12:32 am

Pass the US militarily in what?

Above: It's like a kit car of a Revington Lambo…. both look great from the exterior but only one is the real deal internally. Anyone want to take the Pepsi challenge

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Joeblow June 3, 2012 at 3:07 am

"as more money is spent on social programs"

Right, because our country exists to serve the military, not the other way around.

"Also, US companies have moved manufacturing know how to China."

It's called free-market capitalism.
What? You don't like it when capitalists act like capitalists and sell out? Are you a socialist commie?

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Ricky June 3, 2012 at 6:57 am

It looks like the F-22 because it is the F-22. Some one posted a picture of the F-22 and said it's the J-20. The color is not right and there are no canards. And the tailfins are much to big for the J-20.

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citanon June 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Has it occurred to anyone here that stealth supersonic fighters, might, in general, look fairly similar to one another?

I'm sure they've copied some parts and tried to steal as much technology as they can. It is after all, the smart thing to do. But this plane isn't "just" a copy of a F-22 or an F-35. It's a substantially different design with a different operational doctrine.

To think otherwise would be unjustifiably arrogant and complacent.

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Yang Xi Gua June 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

hey look, bump air intakes just like on F-35

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john June 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

The Chinese have already stolen and even reverse-engineered some sophisticated US military technologies. They have also taken US jobs, debts and who knows some US talents….beware of Chinese spies..they could be too many than any other countries' spies

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cs4 June 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

Like buying your debts are a bad thing. Where do you think money for the war against terrorism come from? Talents? Well talents, US or otherwise, needs to eat. Spies? You only pointed out Chinese spies, how about American ones in China? Think on the bright side, if US is not the top dog who would want to imitate?

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

Do you mean talents as in skills or an allusion to precious metal currency? In any case, it was taels back then, but now it's RMB.

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lichen June 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

China really is the only Super Power…we are kidding ourselves to think otherwise…

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Tom June 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

By what metric? I don't think you can define 'super power' by exports or population, about the only things China is #1 in.

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fangs out June 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Ck out what the IDF done to the f16 and 15 call it revamp.

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observant1 June 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

We don't have to worry about competition, after all, it's made with chinese parts.

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iftikhar July 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

i am a pakistani and happy to see the success of china, in my opinion J_20 stealth is
technically better than F-22 and any other fighter plane existing in this age.i hope china
will supply these fighers to pakistan soon.thanking you.

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blight_ July 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Considering the F-22 is America's second of three stealth aircraft versus unproven J-20…?

I imagine you should be thinking more about India than China.

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Dark Night September 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

Sorry mate. China isn't dumb enough to sell 5th Gen stealth tech to other countries

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iftikhar July 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

we are waiting to receive J-20 stealth anxiously and it will great honour for pakistan.

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Snopp Dogg October 14, 2012 at 2:08 am

This is ludacris, its only a matter of time before WW3 and when it happen we will know for sure if its a stealth aircraft. Trust me when I say this We Americans don't talk about other secret projects for a reason, we don't want it being stolen. Plain and simple.
China play fair and build your own jets, economy and military stop stealing our research. You people will not learn until we shut you down, remember we still haven enough nukes to wipe you off the map if that means anything to you.

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cs4 October 18, 2012 at 5:40 am

Do you have enough bomb shelters when nukes starts blowing up above your heads?

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tiger October 18, 2012 at 6:49 am

Are you like 12? Your thought process is about 6th grade.

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Thomas L. Nielsen October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

My dear Tiger,

I object to that in the strongest possible terms! You comparison is offensive to 6th-graders everywhere.

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

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Stan June 2, 2012 at 6:03 am

You are projecting your stupidity and confusing it with being civilized.

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Stan June 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

You know, US generally respecting the rule of law of international trade (being stupid, according to you) vs. China being China. Too complicated for you?

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Morgan June 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

Stan, all I hear coming out of your mouth is "USA USA USA USA USA!"

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Franklin June 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

That's pretty much how I see it. I do a bit of webmastering and am working on a Joomla website that was dumped in my lap, and an ex military programmer friend of mine. Neither of us have Joomla experience with CMS and so we started to look around for an expert. Most of what we found were people living in India, Pakistan, and there abouts who were charging $8 to $15 an hour to do coding. Can you immagine what this means to the whole software programming market in the US? Who (in the US) is going to study for years to compete in a saturated and diluted market. Meanwhile the chinese are educating millions in software engineering.

We are building all these robots that are open to cyber attack and we can't find enough people to even operate them much less design new software. The chinese don't need to build an airforce, we are building it for them.

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Stan June 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I am glad we understand each other. Although, if you had a broader view of history and/or reading comprehension you would realize I am actually saying West West West West.

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Maxtrue June 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I hear a Patton like voice over my shoulder shout, "Do you really think the greatest fighting machine the world has ever known is less informed and brilliant than you are civilian?"

I would think so.

It does seem we've slacked off on the programming end and moved air superiority towards drones.. Imagine however the programming involved in target acquisition for Boeing's Air Borne fire control and turret. Imagine the programing in the X-37. The telemetry provides reams of data on the Wave Rider flights, but without software, its hard to slice and dice.. And what we do invent is out there to steal. I hear NASA is a primary target of attack.

Let's hope AI pays off with smart programming software. Then on to programming that can rewrite itself. Cyber agents to guard the libraries and networks. This by the way, is exactly the premise of numerous sci-fi warnings of the ascent of the Machine.

I guess the hope is that we build robots that can do software better than the Chinese.

Imitation, internalization innovation. We'll have to jazz things up as innovation is our strength. We did expect China to play our game. We can't cry if we let them master it.

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ltfunk June 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I was talking to a german last week about how Chinese competition will change his industry and how he is goign to compete. But thats not something you will hear from the likes of Stan – no it's all about feeling good about being a loser.

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Franklin June 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yes we have been the goose with the golden eggs for the Chinese, but we are also their main migrational destination. The mass migration of Chinese into Canada and then the US is barely talked about, and the truth is they make great scientists, and our university labs are filled with them.

China today is moving towards democracy almost as fast as the US is moving to socialism. On the downside their military is having growing pains and is prone to seeing historical context rather than new beginnings. Mankind is after all a creature of habit.

The big question is can Mankind take that most important evolutionary step of a unified consciousness before we destroy ourselves. Can we become tolerant of our physiological drives to create a logical unified safety valve. Our bipolar desire to become equal to all and unique from everybody can be symbolized in the yin yang philosophy. We must find the medium and not embrace singularity.
Our military technology will never go away because we will always need to protect ourselves from ourselves. Its retro evolutionary thinking that is the biggest danger.

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Stan June 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

What the hell are you talking about? And where is it I suggest that the US is losing?

Incidentally, Germany with 30% of its GDP reliant on export is in deep shit atm with growth rates well below even America's anemic ones. At this juncture this country is slowly turning and beginning to move in the direction I consider right in terms of its education, manufacturing and some of the other good things. All in all we are not too badly off. And here is to get some of yours' teeth grinding, Obama deserves credit for some of that.

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

If it makes you feel better, a fair number of them are actually intent on leaving the PRC and staying in the US. So long as the opportunities are here along with the education. When the sweet siren song of employment sings, they will go where making the rent check with your PhD is…

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Maxtrue June 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

True, the recent breakthrough using nickel instead of platinum for teasing hydrogen from water for fuel cells involved a Chinese immigrant scientist as well as Yeshiva University.

Musk has the right idea. Build everything under one roof with safe guards for security. Before we can fly factories into space, we had better perfect them here on earth first. The ISS weighs about 1 million lbs. It took about 25 Shuttles to get much of it assembled with more than 80 trips by the Japanese, EU and Russia to service and complete. No way we're going to build anything significant in space by conventional means.

In the end p[provided we have the engineers, programmers and national will, it will take rail tracks and scram driven wings to loft 100,000lbs loads into space without destroying the atmosphere or wasting resources on the un-resusable.

And years after posting here, I'm pleased to see Rutan and others are finally confirming this approach. The first milestone will be a 20.000 lb load lifted to high altitude where a smaller rocket will lift a space plan to sub-orbit. Will we have the minds to create the first microgravity solar furnace steel extruder for the structure needed to build vast solar arrays? Will we have an new Edison to develop solar assemblers or the MAX Trucks that can haul ores from the asteroids as lifting such weight from earth is not likely any time soon?

I suspect a huge fight over disturbing the asteroid's complex balance. A Space Exxon, it will be reasoned could cause a potential extinction event here on earth.

Again. I'm not sure we can stop the top secret leaks or create the pool of professionals that will keep us in the lead. Still, Musk has done a few years what China has need decades to accomplish.

Energy is basically free in space. The first factories in space should be centered on the arrays to collect this energy on a far larger scale than the ISS. Maybe the X-37 has been spying on the Chinese to see what they've stolen from NASA, which has gone far beyond Von Braun,,,,,,,,,

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cs4 June 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

It's funny how people keep saying others are stealing when they got their start by stealing, then improved on it and claiming it their own.

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Isn't the dollar the reserve currency everyone uses? Like that isn't an economic wild-card. That said:

"How could the U.S. have forgotten? I believe the answer has to do with a general undervaluing of manufacturing—the idea that as long as "knowledge work" stays in the U.S., it doesn't matter what happens to factory jobs."

The counter-point to that is using automation to maximize productivity of workers on hand. Up to a point, of course. And then using temps and part-timers for the menial labor that is meat and potatoes in any country: we can't all wear gowns and work in the cleanroom.

In any case, the whole thing really deserves a game theory treatment. Any one company moves to China because all their competitors do it to save money and rake it in. If companies unilaterally began seeding new business multinationally, it might make a dent in the world's dependency on China as the world's assembly shop.

Not sure if a trade war is our solution, but I guess with Mexico in the south we can probably win it. If we survive the shortage shock of cheap Chinese products long enough to build stuff in Mexico (or god forbid, even the United States!) the US might win back *some* jobs.

However, a US-centric strategy is a bit selfish at the expense of other countries desiring to be free of industrial hegemony of other countries. Industrial sovereignty might spread in a nodular fashion if America can break free of its grip of cheap Asian labor.

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blight_ June 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I've always wondered how much energy solar panels optimized for hard vacuum (with obligatory meteorite protection) without atmospheric layers could collect…

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Stan June 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

European and Asian prosperity was bought with with American might and the dollar that paid for it. It is breaking our backs at the same time as it allows many European citizens to enjoy the benefits of fully socialized systems and other such nice things. We need to be selfish for a change or else. I was pleased to read someone today who agreed with me
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/opinion/hang-on

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Oudin June 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

I think America lack of competitive than China, most American people enjoy system socialism.

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Praetorian June 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Sounds exactly like what the Russian’s complained about the J-11B.

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