China’s reckless theft of intellectual property, design, engineering and technology has been evident among Chinese militias for years.
This is seen in the current fifth-generation J-20 fighters, which appear to have been designed from at least four different fighter programs.
The following description is a complicated backstory of the aircraft, so please bear with me.
The J-20 is a development of the J-10, which borrowed technology from the Israelites. The J-20 is also based on the J-11 and J-16, both Soviet-designed Su-27s. The J-15, the naval fighter from which the J-20 borrows, is also a product of a Russian warplane: the Su-33.
In the end, the J-20 resembles the American F-35 and F-22.
Are you already confused?
The J-20 is a complex warship. Let’s take a closer look and hope things clear up.
China is not afraid to spend money on the J-20
The J-20 Mighty Dragon is China’s most technologically advanced fighter aircraft.
It is the third fighter aircraft in the world with stealth features after the F-22 and F-35.
China has spent over $4.4 billion on development in recent years. The cost of each hunt is approximately $120 million.
The J-20 made its first appearance at a Chinese air show in 2016 and was introduced to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2017. But some J-20s date back to 2011, when the images first surfaced online. on blogs. The aircraft evolved from the J-XX program in the 1990s.
How many J-20s are there?
The PLAAF may have up to 150 J-20s in service. The Chinese make J-20 every month.
The fighter conducts regular patrols in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China Seas. The J-20 frequently overflew Taiwan’s air defense detection zone and would be difficult to intercept existing Taiwanese air defense and fighter aircraft.
However, Taiwan upgraded the fourth generation F-16V Vipers to take on the J-20. The F-16V is believed to have a longer range and a better radar system, but it is not stealthy. It’s smaller than the J-20 and probably a bit more maneuverable.
specs are solid
The J-20 is believed to reach speeds of up to MACH 2. It has a ceiling of 60,000 feet and a range of approximately 700 miles. The Chinese fighters are armed with PL-12C/D and PL-21 air-to-air missiles and PL-10 short-range air-to-air missiles.
The fighter has a high thrust-to-weight ratio, good speed, excellent maneuverability and range to dominate its immediate vicinity. In addition to threatening Taiwan, the J-20 could also assert China’s claims to various islands, reefs and reefs that Beijing considers its own.
China steals of its own free will
Chinese hackers have stolen the plans for the F-35 program.
The thieves took the data from an Australian contractor and put it online. The Asia Times said: “The J-20’s sensor system, which is visible on the fuselage in some high-resolution photographs distributed by the Chinese military, “looks a lot like” the electro-optical targeting system on the back of Lockheed Martin.” F-35 front.
The weapon system officer will help in the war
The PLAAF may add a rear seat for a Weapons Systems Officer, if they have not already done so. This will help the pilot focus on maneuvering the plane and make their ammo more lethal. The J-20 is expected to have strong electronic warfare and jamming capabilities to improve its radar evasion and thus improve its survivability.
US allies stockpile F-35s
It is likely to be capable of firing anti-ship missiles and other attack weapons to challenge the United States and Taiwan navies. South Korea and Japan will also have to worry about the J-20. South Korea is buying more F-35s following the development of the J-20. Japan is a big customer of the F-35. The Japanese Self-Defense Force has over 100 Lightning IIs.
D-20. Beware of Beast Mode
It’s possible the J-20 could fly in “beast mode” and attach even more ammo to its wings to incorporate air-to-ground models for ground attack. This will make the fighter a versatile warship and help it achieve aerial dominance in competitive skies.
F-35 versus J-20
The F-35 also has better stealth characteristics and may be able to shoot down the J-20 before the Chinese pilot can see it. The F-35 has an improved engine and is even trying to improve it to meet the Chinese Air Force.
The clash between the F-35 and the J-20, since the two fighters have similar characteristics, would then lead to a reduction in the competence of the pilots. China has not fought a war since 1979, when its army invaded Vietnam in a conflict that lasted less than a month. American pilots have flown over the Middle East and South Asia for years, though those missions have tended to rely on air support, not flying in competitive airspace. The American pilots would have the upper hand in a direct confrontation.
Can the Taiwanese Air Force survive an airstrike by China?
Chinese pilots never deploy their weapons in anger, though they frequently train near Taiwan airspace. Determined Taiwanese pilots, flying the F-16V, could buy time for their air force and undermine Chinese fighters unless the United States or other Allies intervene with reinforcements. The Taiwan Air Force would have to survive at least two weeks for that to happen. It will be an uphill battle, as China has a two-to-one advantage over all model fighters.
Clearly China stole and borrowed the technology and design of its J-20 Mighty Dragon. But he’s in the rearview mirror. It’s time to focus on air combat skills while flying your F-35 and F-16V towards China’s opponents – USA, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. It will come down to the daring adventures of individual fighter pilots. The era of the J-20 has arrived, and it will take an F-16V or an F-35 to stop it.
About the Author: Expert Biography: Dr. Brent M. Eastwood, 1945 editor of Defense and National Security, author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an expert in emerging threats and is a former US Army infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMeastwood. He holds a doctorate in political science and foreign policy.