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In the last few days, the extremely active Chinese aircraft enthusiasts have documented the ground activity of the third prototype of the J-20 “Mighty Dragon” stealth fighter jet.
The new pictures show the J-20 coded “2011″ performing taxi tests at Chengdu airfield. Following a high-speed taxi, the aircraft raised the nose and then deployed the drag chute to reduce speed: the usual steps that precede the first take off.
What is really interesting about the new plane is that it seems to embed a series of improvements. According to several reports it has a new air intake design, shorter engine nozzles and a (basic?) sensor fusion technology.
It'll fall somewhere around the F-117 in terms of stealth most likely. It's not going to be as good as an F-22, but it'll certainly be better than a conventional legacy aircraft. Just the shaping will give it a good RCS.
reply to post by Zaphod58
I know people keep saying the Chinese fighters are pieces of crap and its just a poor copy.
But as we can see its still in development.
So be interesting what the final product will actually be like.
Ok I doubt it will be 1:1 with a F-22 or F-35 but Im guessing it has the potential to get close?