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Chinese military experts downplay capabilities of J-20 jet fighter “aircraft carrier killer”

J-20 being tested in spring 2015. Photo: fyjs.cn/Gangwa

J-20 being tested in spring 2015. Photo: fyjs.cn/Gangwa

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

China’s official media mil.huanqiu.com has provided information about the J-20 from well-known Chinese military experts who are also Chinese military insiders.

Regarding a Russian media report that China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet has obtained the capabilities as a “aircraft carrier killer” and will be commissioned by 2017, well-known Chinese military expert Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo told China’s official TV media CCTV in an interview that the Russian media report was merely speculation.

As no actual shooting practice has been carried out by any J-20 yet, we do not know what capabilities that type of fighter jet has; therefore, regarding it as an “aircraft carrier killer” is mere speculation.

According to Yin, the J-20 is now testing its electronic navigation system and flight control system, and has not done any test of its weapon system.

However, he said that the Russian judgement that the J-20 would probably be commissioned by 2017 was reasonable.

Yin said that, like the F-22, the J-20 has to carry all its weapons inside it to make it more stealthy. As a result there are limits to the length and diameter of the weapons it carries, which may affect the range of the weapons. However, the J-20’s priority is to grab air supremacy to enable non-stealthy attack aircraft with stronger attack capabilities to attack enemy targets. The J-20 needs not be assigned all the tasks of attack.

Another expert, Senior Colonel Du Wenlong, said that Russian media’s report on the J-20 being an “aircraft carrier killer” is perhaps not really close to the truth, but agreed that the J-20 will probably be commissioned by 2017.

Du said that it usually took 6 to 8 years to test a new aircraft. At present, quite a few J-20s are being tested and may finish the testing within the timeframe from 2011 to 2017.

He pointed out that if China faces threat from the air, a small number of J-20s may be commissioned in emergency and their functions will be gradually tested and perfected in the course of air battles.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Experts: J-20 sacrifices capabilities for being better stealthy and may be commissioned in 2017” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)



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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


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