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Maximum speed: 2,100 - 2,500 km/h (Mach 2+) (1,300 - 1,560 mph) ; at 17,000 m (45,000 ft) altitude
Cruise speed: 1,850 - 2,100 km/h (1,150 - 1,300 mph)
Ferry range: 5,500 km (3417 miles)
Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,616 ft)
Originally posted by Aim64C
reply to post by peck420
A conflict between China and India is plausible.
However - the J-20 does not appear to be designed as an air superiority fighter. Its overall design seems to imply a strike role. China has yet to really produce their own air superiority fighter from concept to production - and I don't see that they have attempted to in the design of the J-20.
What it all boils down to is that the PAK-FA would, more than likely, overwhelm the J-20, but China would have an edge in naval conflicts against India that were not within range of PAK-FA air superiority. China is taking the high road on their own, and India is partnering a lot of new development with Russia - which is going to pay off for them in the long-run.
Although it really has yet to be seen what Russia's response to a Chinese-Indian conflict would be (or America's, for that matter). It's unlikely the two countries would be going at it, alone, for very long - a conflict between those two would trigger another World War, more than likely - or trigger a number of peripheral wars following the collapse of both countries' labor outsourcing.
Honestly, I would be interested in seeing what Russia and/or India's export options may be on the T-50/PAK-FA - were I a Private Defense Contractor with the financial capability - a couple of these aircraft would be bad-ass in a mercenary squadron.
Originally posted by michael1983l
Can I just point out that "stealth" means it is invisible to conventional Radar. That does not mean that it cannot be detected. The UK Tracked one of the US's Stealth Bombers when on show at an air Show in the UK. It is quite a clever concept really as the Radar detection descriminator is programmed to use complex algorythams to detect the lack of Radar return rather than the return itself. The shape and surface of Stealth Aircraft is so efficient that it soaks up more of the Radar radiation than any normal natural object would. Therefore using algorythims and extremly sensative Radar detection, Radars can infact work out there is a stealth aircraft present prescicsely by the lack of Radar return from that aircrafts location.