China's J-20 stealth fighter today and into the 2020s
This J-20 bore a serial number indicating it belonged to a frontline combat unit, marking a major milestone for the aircraft, says Rick Joe for TheDiplomat.com.
BEIJING - A photo of the J-20 was recently released as part of China’s recent defense white paper release titled “China’s Defense in a New Era.” Over the last few years, many photos of the J-20 5th generation fighter have been released, including photos of the J-20 in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). However this J-20 bore a serial number indicating it belonged to a frontline combat unit, marking a major milestone for the aircraft. This piece will review the current status of the J-20, the number of aircraft that may exist, some recent developments observed with the J-20’s engine situation, and to project what may lie in the J-20’s future going into the 2020s, says Rick Joe for TheDiplomat.com. Continue reading original article
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
August 16, 2019-If you have an interest in aviation technology, Rick Joe's piece for TheDiplomat.com dives into China's J-20 stealth fighter's engines, armaments, and avionics. With China signaling (via serial number) that the jet is now assigned to combat units, the J-20 may be out of trials and into active service.
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