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China has technology to build VTOL J-20 stealth fighter jet

J-20 Stealth Aircraft

J-20 Stealth Aircraft

According to Russian Military-Industry Courier weekly and US Aviation News Weekly speculation, China has obtained from Russia the technology for a VTOL fighter jet, and will probably develop a VTOL version of the J-20 stealth fighter jet.

The technology was formerly used in Russia’s Yak-141 VTOL fighter.

A prototype of the R-79-300 engine used in the Yak-141 was sold to China in 1996. In 1998, Russia transferred technology related to the nozzle of the engine to China.

The engine is a vector thrust turbofan with maximum thrust of 8,994 kg, which can be raised to 15,500 kg with additional boosting. Its nozzle can turn 95 degrees downwards with a lifespan of 1,500 rotations.

The Yak-141 is able to take off within a short distance of 5 metres.

It has set many world records for VTOL fighters, including climbing to 12,000 meters in 116.2 seconds with effective load of 2,000 kg and 130.5 seconds with 2,000 kg, and a climbing speed of 250 m/s from the height of 3,000 to 8,000 metres.

Source: qianzhan.com “China has mastery of key technology that may probably enable it to develop VTOL version of J-20: foreign media” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


16 thoughts on “China has technology to build VTOL J-20 stealth fighter jet

  1. Reblogged this on CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon and commented:
    A few days ago, a dual-hull aircraft carrier, today a VTOL fighter. Are these for real or ‘western’ paranoia?


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | October 24, 2013, 9:05 pm
    • They are Chinese claims of their own capabilities.


      Posted by China Daily Mail | October 25, 2013, 6:21 am
    • One part Paranoia, One part propaganda, and One Part truth.
      The truth part is that China is researching and Developing these weapon systems. These weapon systems are causing paranoia in the Western World because of their potential threat to Western naval and Air assets, but a double hulled Aircraft carrier, a VTOL fighter, and even a Stealth strategic bomber take considerable amount of time and resources to build and to be built in sufficient quantities to be considered a viable threat.

      The hing here is that nobody really knows if it can or cannot build these weapons except for China itself. However given the rate that China’s economy has exploded, it’s increase in Technical and industrial capabilities it gives the possibility of the weapons existing and brought to bear sooner than previous expectation a frightening if sobering thought.

      Why? The West relied heavily on its technical advantage to compensate for any numerical disadvantage on the battlefield. That advantage alone seems to be dissipating rapidly, not only from an emerging China but an re-emerging Russia.

      Historically one cannot dismiss the Global relevance of either of these Nation States in terms of Technical prowess and military capability….. at least in my thoughts.


      Posted by psychesvariance | June 18, 2014, 9:20 pm
  2. A fighter aircraft is a forces aircraft designed primarily designed for air-to-air combat opposed to other aircraft,[1] having the status of conflicting to bombers and attack aircraft, whose key mission is to attack ground targets. The hallmarks of a fighter are its hurry, maneuverability, and insignificant size next of kin to other combat aircraft.


    Posted by Sohel | November 11, 2013, 12:09 am


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