Chinese Stealth Fighter: China's J20 Stealth Fighter Jet (photos)
Chinese Stealth Fighter: J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet From China Takes Flight
It is clear the Chinese are working on a Stealth Fighter Jet, known as the J-20 but with photos of the J-20 appearing online and in the Wall Street Journal, the question is when will the Chinese Stealth Fighter take flight?
Asked when China would be able to field the jet, Vice Admiral David Dorsett, director of naval intelligence, said it would be years.
Dorsett told reporters the published photos left a lot of questions unanswered. He did not immediately vouch for their authenticity.
"In terms of the stealth photos, the IOC (initial operational capability) on the stealth aircraft, it's still not clear to me when it's going to become operational," he said.
There is controversy whether the latest photos of the J20 are the authentic some experts say they are real.
...the newest photos are "the real deal," said Richard Fisher, an Asia military affairs analyst at the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center.
The photos reveal the J-20 has a canard-delta twin-engine configuration, diverter-less supersonic intakes, and a shaped nose consistent with the use of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
The J-20 design is similar to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Sukhoi T-50 fighters. Sources indicate the twin-engine J-20 prototype could be using the Russian-built Saturn 117S (AL-41F1A) engine, the same being used in the T-50 and Su-35 prototypes. China has expressed interest in procuring large quantities of the Saturn 117S from Russia and rumors at the recent Zhuhai Airshow in China indicate a J-20 prototype had been outfitted with the 117S.
The photos appear to show the Chinese Stealth Fighter taxiing and other defense officials say the J20 likely won't be operational for some time to come.
An official with Taiwan's defense ministry says China's J-20 jet fighter is not ready for testing.
The official, Shen Yi-ming, told lawmakers on Wednesday that China does not have the capability of manufacturing advanced fighter aircraft, not to mention test-fly them.