China has mastered a field of state-of-the-art aviation technology – thrust vector control which is expected to give the fighter jets better combat capability. So, today we will take a look at its newest fighter jets.
The J-20 is the world’s third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft, and the first in Asia. It is a single-seat, twinjet, all-weather, stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft developed by China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation and is designed as an air superiority fighter with precision strike capability.
The J-20 made was officially revealed at the 2016 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition and was in military service by March 2017, with the aircraft officially entering combat training phase in September 2017.
The Shenyang FC-31, also known as the J-31 or Gyrfalcon is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It has also been referred to as the “F-60” or “J-21 Snowy Owl” in some media reports, or “Falcon Hawk” by some military enthusiasts.
The Chengdu J-10 is a lightweight multirole fighter aircraft capable of all-weather operation produced by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation, configured with a delta wing and canard design, with fly-by-wire flight controls.
The Shenyang J-15, also known as Flying Shark, is a 4th generation, twin-jet, all-weather, carrier-based fighter aircraft in development by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.
Chengdu J-9 was a designation assigned to a Chinese interceptor aircraft that never progressed beyond initial studies. The J-9 project was abandoned in favour of the Shenyang J-8, which was a safer technological bet for the limited Chinese aviation industry of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Shenyang J-16 is a tandem-seat, twinjet, all-weather, multirole strike fighter designed and manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.
The Shenyang J-5 is a Chinese-built single-seat jet interceptor and fighter aircraft. It was exported as the F-5 and was originally designated Dongfeng-101 and also Type 56.
The NAMC J-12 was a lightweight supersonic fighter built by China. It is one of the lightest jet fighters ever built. However, the J-12 not entered service.
The Shenyang J-11 is a twin-engine jet fighter and is currently manufactured by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.
The Chengdu J-7 is a license-built China version of the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21. The J-7 was extensively re-developed into the CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder, which became a successor to the type.
China is throwing her heart into the development of aviation industry and making breakthrough in the initial technologies. Are you interested in these cutting-edge technologies?