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China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter, an official said last week, adding to a flurry of speculation about China's growing air power.
China's official Xinhua news agency reported a J-20 took off around 12:50 p.m. and landed at 1:11 p.m. after a successful flight of about 18 minutes on Tuesday."
Gates' visit achieved maximum exposure for the images. The U.S. defense secretary had earlier said the Chinese stealth fighter would not be ready until about 2020.
China is a super power many think the actually military budget is much higher than they let on? Stealth fighter well on the way who knows what else.
Originally posted by silo13
I don’t know how this thread is going to stay on track - There’s just so much to talk about here.
1. IMO it’s appalling we’re taking war to Space.
2. Obviously China is stepping up their program - big time.
International War? Or War with something coming. Something ‘out there’ we lowly ones know nothing about?
3. The USA projected the flight of this war craft wouldn’t be possible until 2010. The USA was wrong.
What does that say about American Intel.
Choose your topic from the above, I’m up for exploring dialog on all if it.
(photo credit = link)edit on 12-1-2011 by silo13 because: (no reason given)
NASA’s Orbital Debris Count Office says some 35,000 pieces of debris resulted from the Chinese satellite missile strike. The Center for Space Standards & Innovation generated this illustration, as of December, 2007. Original satellite orbit in green.
No one has the right to spoil our spacefaring chances by messing about with weapons up there IMO.
First of all, I was lead to believe that the craft the Chinese tested during Gates's visit was in fact a STEALTH craft, and not involved with any form of space borne battle platform.
Furthermore, I fail to see why America ought to be able to launch a "secret" space mission with military implications (which they have done) with barely a word against it, when China involving themselves in a similar fashion causes panic and mayhem of the mind.
Something has to be accepted here.
Of the superpowers on the Earth, America in recent years has been far more deadly and dangerous to persons outside its borders, than any other nation . Its government has taken its military to war on more territories, and under stranger circumstances than any of its opposite numbers in the Eastern world, and quite frankly, I worry far more about its intentions toward space, than I do for Chinas view on the same topic.
Besides which, you can hardly blame them for wanting to match the US in terms of reach, since they are a proud nation, desperate to be seen to equal at least the efforts of other nations in terms of technology and power.
I see no good reason for the reactionary response to this information, and feel it is a mark of prejudice and evidence of unreasoned fear in the minds of those who subscribe to this attitude toward this news article.
I must apologies to you . I was under the impression, due to the timing of events that for one reason or another the J-20 was what was being referred to here, mistakes happen...
Silo 13 I was not actually accusing anyone of reactionism, but posting in order to guard against it.
Oh China, haven't you figured it out? There are UFOs out there and a few countries already have the technology. Why do you think we are covering it up? Social implications is one factor, but one much bigger factor is battlefield(sky) dominance.
I think the days of US world domination are closing down. All other nations, unless they are the children of the US(France), or their gandmother(Israel), nations like China and Russia, and even smaller ones like Iran and N. Korea, know they need to arm up as big as possible, because the US has stockpiles of nukes, and attacks and occupies other countries at will.