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Two J-20 stealth fighters seen yesterday in Chengdo, China show a new camouflage paint that is likely to be used with the Low Rate Inintal Production (LRIP) batch currently being delivered from the assembly plant in Chengdu.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Caughtlurking
It doesn't need to get close though. I said it only needs to get close enough to get a long range shot off. The K-100 was designed as an anti AWACS missile, and has a potential range of 200 miles. The R/K-37 has an even longer range, out to as far as 250 miles. China has been developing a ramjet powered missile with a range out to 120 miles.
China and Russia both are well aware of the capabilities of AWACS, JSTARS, and the RC-135 fleets, and the huge advantage they give our forces, and have been working on counters to them. Russia has the MiG-31 which is capable of a high speed dash, carrying a long range missile. China doesn't have that option so they have to come up with other ways. The J-20 can't get close to an AWACS, but it will get closer than anything else in their inventory.