The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:
The Global Times (Chinese edition) reports that a Chinese military expert has disclosed that China will be able to carry out a small-batch production trial of China’s new Chengdu J-20 prototype stealth fighters by 2016.
Test flights of considerable duration have now been carried out for more than five years.
The period of test flights for the J-20 will be the shortest before production commenced compared with any other stealth fighter jets in the world.
However, the report says, the expert points out that as the J-20 still uses AL-31F or WS-10 engines, it does not meet the standards for a fifth-generation aircraft in supersonic cruise speed and super manoeuvrability.
Therefore, the J-20 produced will not be its finalised version.
The J-20’s purpose is to protect the homeland from being attacked, which is why China has sped up production.
Source: “Expert: J-20 still fails to meet the standards for fifth-generation fighter jets: It will be produced in small batches for deployment in Chinese troops” (summary by China Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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