posted on Mar, 22 2020 @ 12:37 PM
We need a touch more threads on ATS than just covid-19. Here's a contribution:
The People's Liberation Army Air Force asked China's aerospace defense contractors to put forward proposals for the J-XX. This was to be the first
5th generation fighter for China. Chengdu and Shenyang Aircraft Corporations proposed their different configurations and the PLAAF gave input for
what they wanted changed. Chengdu eventually won the development contract and the J-XX program became the J-20 'Mighty Dragon.'
Shenyang Aircraft Corporation had the losing bid, clearly. Their bid was known as the 'Snowy Owl.' There has been a lot of speculation as to what
it was. There has also been some founded speculation Shenyang took their bid and created the FC-31/J-31. A little more information has been released
out. Not terribly clear information, but some all the same.
Images from wind tunnel testing from Shenyang have been released. One of them was the Snowy Owl. Sources state in the multi picture image, the lower
right was the Shenyang Snowy Owl 'final' proposal. It looks more, to me, like an F-15, but I'll let you guys decide. The others were alternate
configurations explored. the larger picture looks like what became the FC-31/J-31. YMMV.