China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Quietly Makes First Flight

Look out, F-22. Step aside, T-50. The ranks of the world's most advanced fighter jets  just grew wider, courtesy of China's stealthy J-20.

The J-20's first successful test flight marks a new milestone in China's growth as a front-line military power. Just the name J-20 alone hints how great this technological leap forward really is: China's current front-line domestically designed fighter is the J-10.

Developed for the People's Liberation Air Force by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the J-20 "Black Eagle" is a fifth generation, radar-eluding, twin-engine fighter aircraft prototype of which only two exist: one with Russian engines and the other with engines of Chinese design.

Performance-wise, the J-20 is comparable to America's F-22 Raptor, Russia's Sukhoi T-50 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter though the J-20 is larger in size with a correspondingly longer range and the capacity to carry more weaponry.

According to Guan Youfei, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of China's Defense Ministry, said yesterday the development of the J-20 and of China's military hardware in general “is not aimed at any other country or any specific target”.

Guan reiterated China's traditional response in stating the nation's “weaponry was developed to safeguard China's sovereignty, national security and territorial integrity, and to adapt to the world's military changes.” Here's a short news video from Hong Kong's Apple Daily showing the J-20 undergoing taxiing tests along with footage of its competitors:

The first flight of the J-20 began at 12:50pm on January 11th, 2011, and lasted approximately 18 minutes. The location of the test was an airstrip at Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group's main facility in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.


Though like Russia's new T-50 it will be a number of years before J-20s start rolling off Chinese production lines, the successful flight test of this advanced stealth jet effectively ensconces China among the world's top air powers. (via People's Daily Online, CSMonitor and Rednet)

Jan 14, 2011
by Anonymous

Chinese spies at work

Whole design reeks of F22 blatant like the T4 was from our B29 in WW2 Russia.
Commies know only 2 rip off vs Create.
Now add Chinas offshore missile launch off CA & her pending carrier, Hey Navy Id worry Big time, back to Blue water vs littorals alone.
Expand our Sub Attack force alone.

Jan 15, 2011
by Anonymous

Little do you know

Haha. The configuration looks totally different, but the head is close with a smoother profile from the F22. You got a point, but its not really about commies. In this day and age, nobody is reinventing the wheel and if you know military hardware you can see strong similarities amongst hardware of NATO nations. Having said that, the DongFeng missle your talking about is the only one of its kind in the world.

Jan 21, 2011
by Anonymous

China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Quietly Makes First Flight

For the highly influential and authoritative comment in regards to J- 20 please read the comment from Dr. Kopp of Air Power Australia (APA).

Just type "J-20 Kopp" in your google or yahoo and click, you should get it.

Happy reading