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China Stealth Fighter Jet J-31 Prototype Tested In Shenyang [Video]

China Stealth Fighter Jet J-31 Prototype Tested In Shenyang [Video]

The China stealth fighter prototype jet flew this past Wednesday in Shenyang according to eyewitnesses. The China stealth fighter is called the “Falcon Eagle” and is designated J-31, which is the second stealth fighter after the larger J-20 which flew in 2011. The 10-minute aerial debut of the twin-engine Falcon Eagle was over the Shenyang Aircraft Company airfield in northeastern China. An army of Chinese bloggers have leaked pictures and videos.

For years, China has been purchasing its military hardware from Russia, but the Chinese are trying to change this by rapidly increasing their Defense military spending. “The technical barriers and development costs for such aircraft are enormous and the U.S. has struggled for years to deliver on their potential,” the Washington Post explains. Similarly, China’s development of their own stealth fighter program will takes years, and the earliest projection for the jet entering service is 2018.

Analyst David Axe, writing for Wired.com, calls the flight “a huge leap forward for China’s ambitious stealth warplane program.” But, he added, “there are still more questions than answers about China’s second stealth fighter model.”

Some believe that the J-31 China Stealth Fighter is intended for launching off of China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which has been undergoing testing near the port of Dalian since July 2011. But it’s possible it’s intended to be primarily land-based. The J-31 appears similar to the fifth generation United States stealth fighters, “but with a less powerful engine and a lower proportion of sophisticated radar-blocking composite materials.” These superficial similarities to the United States F-22 and F-35 have fueled speculation that the Chinese based the J-31 Stealth Fighter′s design on blueprints stolen in 2009 from the servers of at least six American defense contractors.

“In terms of design it appears the J-31 is inferior to the latest US planes,” said Chang, head of the Kanwa Information Centre which monitors China’s military, on Telegraph.co.uk. “The layout is similar, but the material and quality are inferior. It will take at least seven or eight years before it can be commercially sold.”

Change believes that the J-31 China stealth fighter test flight was “timed to coincide with the run-up to China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition next month.” The Shenyang Aircraft Company plans to export the stealth fighter jet to Chinese allies like Pakistan. Chang explains, “I think the regime is trying to to show off to their colleagues that the Hu Jintao regime achieved a lot for China.” The handover of power in China will be coming in several years.

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12 Responses to “China Stealth Fighter Jet J-31 Prototype Tested In Shenyang [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you President Clinton and other Presidents who happily told Americans they would now be moving into a "service economy." Traitors all.

  2. Scott Larson

    I find it interesting that the flew it over shenyang. Not exactly a remote location. in fact with it being near the North Korean border, an area we monitor very closely, they almost seem to be showing it off. Not something we would do even for a late test flight. I don't think this is meant to be a threat to us. I think it's more of a threat to the regions around China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korean, and don't forget India. However if they decide to take up the role the Soviets played and start exporting it, I'm sure Pakistan would like some, maybe even Iranthough less likely that could complicate things for us in the future. This is not going to significantly change their long range power projection.

  3. Anonymous

    The only reason they have this Jet is because, they stole our technology. Which by now is old technology, our Stealths are 25 years ahead of theirs. We will shoot them out of the sky for target practice. But no one will ever know it.

  4. Tim Bush

    China can't invent anything. Looks just like the F-22. Like USSR in the 60's and 70's, copy like mentality. IP protection is THE battleground. China will not honor IP protection and all of industry needs to wake up.

  5. Val Karnov

    Crappy IP security – is hardly Clinton's fault.
    Go to ANY tech recruiting websites and notice so many short-sighted Corporations only just NOW STARTING to get serious about hiring the right kinds and amounts of staff.

    BTW I love how they failed to create the Career Path, but NOW they want to hire Cyber-Security experts with 7-12 year's experience….. This doesn't get solved by playing the D vs. R game.

  6. Ron Butlin

    Iran can fly jets… that would not be good if Iran got some of these. Pakistan can't fly after 5 LSD hits, let alone fighter stealth tech, they would not be a threat unless they set up hidden bombs in planes alone with a sign on the wing that said "FREE!"

  7. Ron Butlin

    the good ol usa should sell it to pakistan… they cant fly a delta tree skimmer, in a jet they would eject before they could open the cockpit glass and fly their flag lmao