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Shenyang Completed Another "J-31" Prototype

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posted on Sep, 4 2019 @ 11:00 AM
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Terrible quality picture, sorry. When a better one comes out, I'll have that for the forum. The 2nd prototype was repainted in grey for whatever reason.




posted on Sep, 4 2019 @ 11:09 AM
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a reply to: anzha

It looks better in black.



posted on Sep, 4 2019 @ 12:32 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It certainly looks better in focus! Haha. The grey might look good. Can't really tell with that pick. Certainly a better choice for daylight flying.



posted on Sep, 15 2019 @ 12:16 AM
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just a tidbit and still not in focus.



posted on Oct, 12 2019 @ 03:51 PM
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Gun test.




posted on Nov, 11 2019 @ 09:34 AM
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The pictures below are from the oldest of the three prototypes. The aircraft has wildly evolved since it's manufacture over 5 years ago. However, I want to highlight something. Before I do, I want to reiterate that I am definitely NOT amongst those who are the "CHINA MAKES SHBT" crowd: the laws of physics care more for how much money you throw at a problem than the colors of your flag.

That said...

The J-20 is of a very high quality as far as its manufacture goes: we have commented on it for a while now. The original J-31...









The J-31 was/maybe still intended for the export market, so we'd not expect the same quality as the J-20. Additionally, Shengyan might have taken the route of getting something in the air first to test rather than do a full complete aircraft.
However, the gap here between the J-20 and the J-31 is pretty high. At least to my eyes.

It should recognized, just because /one/ company does less than ideal work doesn't mean a country cannot. Unless, of course, that's the ONLY company a country has.



posted on Nov, 11 2019 @ 08:57 PM
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a reply to: anzha

The exposed rivets on the close-up tell me that this prototype was probably far more along the lines of the YF-22 or the X-35 than it was to any combat-ready design.



posted on Nov, 20 2019 @ 09:31 PM
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Supposedly, according to an interview the next naval fighter for China will be unveiled by the end of 2020. Rumors are it is based on the J-31/FC-31.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:54 PM
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May be a new bird. Note the engines.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 02:10 PM
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Two types of engine or just different nozzles...??? Possible thrust vectoring on port engine..? a reply to: anzha



posted on Dec, 28 2019 @ 06:37 AM
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New twin fin design too....!! a reply to: Silentvulcan




posted on Dec, 28 2019 @ 10:57 AM
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originally posted by: Slys13
a reply to: grey580

Cause the don't have a single engine in that thrust rage that's reliable!! I could be wroung...also it could be the same reason cdn live twin engine because if the size if there lady mass !!


For the same reason the japanese and British love twin engines, reliability and efficiency on long haul. China wants a plain that can travel from one end of the country to the other, take fire, and then come back again without needing a tanker to refuel it. This means two engines, favoring efficient cruise over raw speed, and a large fuel capacity.

China is looking for a defensive aircraft able to do long patrols, not a multi role attack fighter. Its needs are fundamentally different from America's.



posted on Dec, 28 2019 @ 11:01 AM
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originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
a reply to: grey580

It does look like a slimmed F35 but how do the Chinese get to this stage so quick? There must be some kind of spying going on or someone selling tech to them, it's too similar. You'd think there was a way of sueing the Chinese for blatant copy catting



More mainland Chinese graduate from us universities in the field of engineering than native born american citizens. Chinese don't need to steal us technology, much of it is built by chinese citizens in the first place, they just come to America because america is where the best colleges are and where the research money is.



posted on Dec, 28 2019 @ 01:42 PM
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a reply to: AaarghZombies


Chinese don't need to steal us technology, much of it is built by chinese citizens in the first place, they just come to America because america is where the best colleges are and where the research money is.


And we've been having the Chinese come here to our colleges this for thirty plus years.

The laws of physics don't care what color your flag is.



posted on Dec, 28 2019 @ 01:46 PM
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a reply to: AaarghZombies

Chinese espionage RE: F-35 is no secret.



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