posted on Oct, 1 2013 @ 10:06 PM
Wow....this thing is a POS!!! So bad the Chinese dont even want it for themselves. How do you sell something like that?
A new fighter plane built by China is drawing more snickers than raves from aviation experts, and the People's Army is now saying the jet was really
ticketed for export all along.
The J-31 "Falcon Hawk," likely designed by reverse-engineering a downed U.S. stealth fighter, was supposed “to become China’s next generation of
carrier-based aircraft” and take its place next to the U.S.-made F-35 Lightning II as the gold standard in air force weaponry, according to a report
last month in People’s Daily. But now it looks like China, which has exactly one aircraft carrier, has scaled back the hype and will peddle the
aircraft to second-tier air forces like Brazil, Pakistan and some Middle East countries.
“It’s probably likely that the technology was not originally created for export but built for their own use and it did not work out too well,”
Stephen Biddle, a political science professor at George Washington University and senior defense policy fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations
“It’s probably likely that the technology was not originally created for export but built for their own use and it did not work out too
- Stephen Biddle, Senior Defense Policy Fellow, Council for Foreign Relations
Even the Chinese press has been critical of the jet, with Bejing-based Sina Military Network calling the J-15 a “flopping fish,” and claiming that
the plane could not take off from a carrier with heavy ammunitions which could cripple its attack range as well as firepower.
Aviation experts say that based on the limited information publicly available of the J-31, it appears to be little more than a cheap copy of an
American fighter jet.
"The J-31 is sort of a copy of the F-22, the most advanced (and troubled), U.S. multi-role fighter jet," David Cenciotti, a former pilot for the
Italian Air Force who blogs at theaviationist.com, told FoxNews.com. "Same nose section, same twin tails and trapezoidal wings along with the
distinctive lines of the stealth design."
But Cenciotti said the aircraft doesn’t appear to have thrust vectoring capabilities that give fighter planes superior maneuverability. He suspects
it was based on American warplanes, and not just the F-117 stealth jet downed in 1999 by a Serbian anti-aircraft missile.
"Considering all the cyber attacks targeting Lockheed Martin stealth projects in the last years, one could believe Chinese hackers were able to put
their hands on some useful technical drawings of the Raptor or F-35," he said.