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J-20 may Have a Ground Strike Capability

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posted on Jun, 3 2018 @ 03:43 PM

China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C, engaging in air defense penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday.


The J-20 is capable of destroying a hostile air defense system.

There is somewhat more in the link.

There are some really interesting things here. Sometimes single slips or comments can be really telling(1). The Chinese are not noted for fscking up and revealing too much at a press conference or what have you. They are not perfect, to be sure, but they do tend to choreograph their reveals fairly well.

Today, or recently at least, they showed a bit more information about the only foreign in service stealth aircraft, the J-20.

We have all commented that the probable role is to be a penetrator for the PLAAF to kill AWACS and tankers. It makes a lot of sense, since those support aircraft make it possible for the USAF - the main rival of the PLAAF - to operate in the Western Pacific. However, this recent exercise made the J-20 sound as though it might be intended to kill air defenses in general. And that would imply the J-20 has a ground attack role. The J-20 might be, well not quite, but similar in role to a Wild Weasel and able to kill ground based air defenses.

And *THAT* is...interesting.

1. and I still want to know what the F-27 was.
edit on 3-6-2018 by anzha because: added pictures

posted on Jun, 3 2018 @ 03:58 PM
a reply to: anzha

Not surprising though. I think that China intends to sell this aircraft eventually and if you want to compete in the smaller fighter markets there is little or no interest in a dedicated air superiority airframe. However, you throw in a A2G component into it and you have a bigger potential market.

A robust maritime strike capability I'm sure is in the works as well.
edit on 6/3/18 by FredT because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 3 2018 @ 04:07 PM
a reply to: FredT

China has stated so long as the US doesn't sell its top line fighter, then China won't sell the J-20. They were talking about the F-22 at the time. Whether this means the NGAD or not, IDK.

posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 01:54 AM
a reply to: FredT

if it can do land attacks im sure the J-20 will have something like the Exocet in the works.

i wonder if India will be interested in these seeing as the Russian deal fell threw, i would be marketing to India if i were china.

posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 07:31 AM
a reply to: penroc3

India is wildly buy the J-20. That would be like Britian buying MiG-25s during the Cold War.

posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 05:53 PM

Slowly seeing the curtain pulled back.

No weapon use. Yet.

posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 08:12 PM

originally posted by: penroc3
i wonder if India will be interested in these seeing as the Russian deal fell threw, i would be marketing to India if i were china.

I don't know. India first and foremost is about offsets. I'm not sure that the Chicom government will be willing to provide the necessary inducements needed to secure the contract.

Also, they are basically using Russian copied engines and the Indian AF may be reluctant to go down that path again.
Also, India and China have not always had warm and fuzzy relations
Also, India is/has made its bed with the US and will want to prioritize the F-35 which may be jeopardized if they bought the J-20

Now Pakistan would not have any of those constraints and China may view arming the Pakistan AF as a nice hedge

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