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Beijing will evolve the Chengdu J-20 fighter into roles well beyond aerial supremacy.
The aircraft’s primary mission for the time being is “making way for other aircraft in an air battle,” says Zhang Hao, who heads an air force flight test centre.
Zhang made the remarks in a story carried by Beijing’s official China Daily news organ.
The type will be developed into variants and will also allow for the opening of research into a “sixth generation fighter,” says Yang Wei, a deputy director of science and technology at AVIC.
"We are not complacent about what we have achieved,” Yang is quoted as saying. “We will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities. At the same time, we will think about our next-generation combat plane to meet the nation's future requirements," Yang added that the J-20 is “the best fighter in China, so it would be used in the most crucial moments during a war.”
will also allow for the opening of research into a “sixth generation fighter,”
originally posted by: anzha
a reply to: SR1TX
We only have 180 odd F-22s and a closed down production line.
The J-20 is still being produced and they are working on a new engine.
Both sides are now working on the 6th gen.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: SR1TX
None of which have anything to do with why we didn't build the F-22 in larger numbers. We are rapidly losing our edge in almost every field because we became complacent and decided since we were ahead, we'd always be ahead.