posted on Jun, 6 2018 @ 01:56 PM
a reply to: mightmight
If this UAV is indeed some type of loyal wingman for the J-20 you wouldnt put it on a carrier, since the J-20 itself is not carrier
There are some scenarios where a shorter ranged UAV on a carrier could be paired to a long range, land based fighter, but they're not likely, IMO.
Generally, speaking, I agree.
The question is "what is this for?"
If its VSTOL, it's probably for the STOBAR carriers and/or from forward positions.
OTOH, it may not be vstol at all.
OTGH, we don't even know if the flight photo is even real and this could be just a "small" group working on an X Plane.
The only likely scenario for carrier basing is if this is planned to be paired with a carrier based aircraft. The J-15 seems like a poor fit and the
VSTOL hasn't broken cover. J-31 mockups have been seen on the land based carrier mockup for clearances and whatnot, officially at least, the PLAN and
PLAAF have stated they are not interested in the J-31.
All I can say with certainty is we just don't know much and she's a purdy birdie.