Saturday, December 24, 2016

China Boasts Its J-31 Can 'Take Down' The F-35

Thanks to Don for the link!

via CSMonitor.
BEIJING — China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, the president of China's top aircraft maker said on Tuesday, referring to its U.S.-made counterpart.
Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), which developed the J-31 stealth fighter, made the remarks in an interview on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
"When it takes to the sky, it can definitely take it down," he said, in a reference to the U.S.-made F-35. "That's a certainty."
Then this...
China hopes the J-31 will compete with the U.S.-made F-35 stealth aircraft as China works to strengthen its standing as an arms producer, according to China military watchers and state media reports.
"Experts predict that the J-31 will make rapid inroads in the international market in the future, and will undoubtedly steal the limelight from the F-35," the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily reported on its website in August 2013.
It said the aircraft would be particularly attractive to countries that are cut off from U.S. arms exports.
The J-31 is about the same size as the F-35, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report this year.
Stealth aircraft are key for China's air force to evolve from a mostly territorial air force to developing the ability to carry out both offensive and defensive operations, the Pentagon said in the report about developments in China's military.
Story here!

What happens if stealth is no longer the exclusive property of the US and its allies?  What happens if the vaunted "see first, shoot first" meme no longer applies?  What happens if electronic warfare becomes the key to kingdom along with traditional fighter metrics?

What if the Chinese are right and the J-31 CAN COMPETE with the F-35?

 Remember this sad fact.  The Chinese have the F-35 plans.

The fanboys don't want to admit it but the truth is staring us in the face.  The Chinese have product improved the F-35.  Stealth is out of the bottle.  Any advantage that the F-35 would give is long gone.

I don't think the J-31 beating the F-35 is a boast...I think its a fact.

Sidenote.  Yes the article is from 2014 but you guys (especially the trolls) need to be reminded of these things!

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