The US military is still struggling to get the raptor fully operational and has run massively over budget, and as far as I'm aware are going to or
have stopped production
The f-35 again has hit its own hurdles, with the VSTOL version being all but cancelled after they've admitted they can't get it to work properly
But then the Chinese j20 ( think that's it's designation( their first gen 5 ) will be in operational service from as early as next year
The Chinese have a few distinct advantages
They make the components for US weapons, thus gain the tech
They have evolved their tech down a different line of development with a different 'battle plan'
And probably more importantly
As much as we are lied to and kept in the dark by our govs we do have a greater freedom of speech and access to information only dreamed of by the
We hear about star wars projects, airborne lasers, DARPA projects ect ect, but the Chinese ? Nope they keep their toys/tech/developments much more
secret and close to their chest
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE CHINESE HAVE ! or how long they have had it !
In America you can sit at the end of a runway and wait for these aircraft to take off and report it, YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN CHINA !
It is incredibly arrogant to think that what the US has china doesn't also have or are far from having
Not only that but due to their different approach to warfare, different 'battle plan', and different avenue of development that they may have weapon
systems that the US doesn't have !
Wakey wakey !
edit on 21-9-2012 by Neocrusader because: Added