first published on November 2, 2016 by Will
The Chinese J-20 stealth fighter made its public debut at the opening of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, and can be seen showing off for a crowd in the following video. The aircraft is expected to become combat operational in 2018.
The J-20 fifth generation stealth aircraft is believed to be built largely on the research and development of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II. In 2009, it was announced that Chinese state-sponsored hackers compromised the Joint Strike Fighter program’s cyber security and made off with the blue prints.
The Chinese may not be capable of organically generating a fifth generation stealth fighter on their own, however, they were smart enough to see that the ridiculous and unnecessary short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) feature as well as the single engine of the F-35 were both flaws in the design, so they didn’t include them in the creation of the J-20.