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September 27, 2012

China is developing two fifth generation stealth fighters

The Chinese military has leaked first photos of a brand new lightweight fighter with external characteristics that allow the jet fifth-generation attribution. Some pictures suggest it could be used on future Chinese aircraft carriers. Chengdu Aircraft Corporation is heavily testing its J-20 “Mighty Dragon” fifth generation heavy fighter-bomber. The Shenyang Aircraft Industry Group F-60 is a lightweight fighter.
Shenyang Aircraft Industry Group (SAC), one of the leading aircraft design and manufacturing corporations of China’s aviation industry, has rolled out a prototype that might eventually become Chinese analogue to America’s F-35.

The aircraft bears a certain resemblance to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, and even reportedly has the codename F-60.



Wikipedia - The Shenyang J-31 (F60) is a twin-engine mid-size fifth generation fighter currently under development by SAC. A photo of a model labeled F-60 was posted on the Internet in September 2011. In June 2012, photos about possible prototype of F-60 being transferred on highway started to emerge on internet. Pictures of a possibly different fully assembled aircraft emerged on September 15–16, 2012. The F-60 is reported to be the export version, where the J-31 would be the domestic Chinese version of the same fighter. The J-31 is a mid-weight, twin-engine jet fighter with certain stealth characters like forward swept intake cowls with diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) bumps and a two-piece canopy. The J-31 appears to be a smaller aircraft than the Chengdu J-20.


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