A New Chinese Stealth Fighter?

24.06.12

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J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

by DAVID AXE

Chinese warplane developers will surprise you. Just a few months ago, a Hong Kong magazine appeared to prove that the rumored Chinese J-16 stealth fighter was not a stealth fighter at all, rather a slightly-tweaked, and non-stealthy, Chinese copy of a Russian Sukhoi jet. But now photos are circulating of a partially assembled Chinese warplane that could be a version of the L-15 trainer … or it could be the rumored J-21 stealth fighter. If the latter, it would be China’s second stealth warplane, after the J-20 that debuted two years ago.

J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

J-21? Via China Defense Blog.

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8 Responses to “A New Chinese Stealth Fighter?”

  1. Juuso says:

    Any idea what kinda internal payload plane of that size could carry?

  2. WCOG says:

    Given that the J-20 is sized more appropriately for an attack aircraft (like the F-111) I’d say this is the fighter. Probably not a great deal of internal capacity but mostly intended for AAMs anyway. Given the current state of Chinese aerospace industrial technique I wouldn’t lose much sleep over this design, it’s the one that comes after this that you have to worry about.

  3. Sam Reeves says:

    It does look more like a fighter size wise. The shape, from what can be seen under the camouflage, also looks more like the atypical fighter.

  4. Alejandro says:

    No canards, twin engine, but still incomplete without a tail.

    It is likely that engines have yet to be installed, and the small wing surface leads me to believe that this is a fighter more so than either an interceptor or interdiction aircraft.

    Possibly in the same size range as an Su-30.

    Can’t say much more than that but the closest western competitor to this design would be the F-15 Silent Eagle in terms of design.

    Just need to know more about the power plant and internal load.

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