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Chinese military forums on the Internet were abuzz recently over the posting of the first photo of China’s latest test flight of a prototype jet.

The photo identified the aircraft as the next-generation heavy stealth fighter, the J-20 Dragon — the third J-20 prototype Beijing has revealed to the public since its debut in 2011.

The J-20’s key features resemble those of the top-of-the-line U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning. Yet, the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times bragged about how key technologies used for the F-35 Lightning were “completely obtained” by China and how the J-20 is equipped with these technologies and features.

In a January 20th article titled “Six of F-35’s Crucial Technologies Have All Been Obtained by China; J-20 Epitomizes All the Six Technologies”, the Global Times confirmed that the advanced designs and features include a diverterless supersonic inlet, an electro-optical distributed aperture system, an electro-optical targeting system, an AVEN nozzle, and a fire-control array radar system.

The article stops short of claiming China directly obtained these technologies from the United States. It stated that “at present, our country has completely obtained the six key technologies [used in the F-35], making us the only country after the U.S. that has completely obtained these advanced technologies”.




Fury Over Test Flights

The first test flight of the fifth-generation stealth twin-engine fighter jet took place January 11, 2011. That act caused a diplomatic firestorm because it was scheduled during the middle of a high-profile visit to China by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who took the timing of the test flight as an insult.

In his memoir “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War” published recently, Mr. Gates regaled readers with his displeasure over the test. He drew the conclusion that Chinese leader Hu Jintao was unaware of the test flight when Mr. Gates confronted him with a question about the unfriendly act.

Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, said recently that Mr. Gates was so infuriated by the flight test that he considered ending his trip prematurely in protest.

The latest test-flight photo shows the J-20 prototype with the call sign “2011” taking off from a military runway in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Russia was among the first to criticize the J-15’s design and originality. Colonel Igor Korotchenko (Ret.), a member of the Defense Ministry’s Public Council told Ria Novosti that China’s naval fighter was a “clone” of the Russian Su-33, a multi-role fighter used on the Kuznetsov Class aircraft carriers, which includes the Liaoning.

Korotchenko also stated that the Chinese J-15 was the product of stalled talks on the sale of “authentic” Su-33 jets from Russia to China as well as inferior Chinese reverse engineering of Russian technology.

“The Chinese J-15 clone is unlikely to achieve the same performance characteristics of the Russian Su-33 carrier-based fighter, and I do not rule out the possibility that China could return to negotiations with Russia on the purchase of a substantial batch of Su-33s.”

chinese j-20 prototype

Similarities to US Plane

The J-20’s key features resemble those of the top-of-the-line U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning.

In fact, the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times bragged about how key technologies used for the F-35 Lightning were “completely obtained” by China and how the J-20 is equipped with these technologies and features.

In a Jan. 20 article titled “Six of F-35’s Crucial Technologies Have All Been Obtained by China; J-20 Epitomizes All the Six Technologies”, the Global Times confirmed that the advanced designs and features include a diverterless supersonic inlet, an electro-optical distributed aperture system, an electro-optical targeting system, an AVEN nozzle, and a fire-control array radar system.

In 1999, a US high-tech stealth fighter jet, the F-117 Nighthawk, was drowned by a vintage SA-3 missile shot by a Serbian air-force commander named Col. Zoltan Dani. 11 years later, Balkan military officials and other experts state that China’s recently unveiled stealth fighter jet may be partially a product of reverse engineering pieces from the crashed U.S. model, the Associated Press reports.

At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers. We believe the Chinese used those materials to gain insight into secret stealth technologies … and to reverse-engineer them, Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia’s military chief of staff during the Kosovo war was quoted saying in the Guardian UK.

Earlier, on January 11, 2011, public visuals of China’s J-20 stealth planes on the net shocked the world. The pictures indicate taxi tests of the model being carried out at an airfield in southwestern China. The news came just days before US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, made a visit to Beijing to mend previously severed military ties with China.

Further strengthening China’s growing supremacy in its air defense system, the Chengdu J-20 is a combination of radar-eluding design and high performance avionics.

What are your thoughts? Did China steal US technology? Did they come up with something similar but of their own design? Just how concerned should the US be?


Image Credits:

(1) China Digital Times

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Thomas Murphy

    Maybe they need to think about what they did! In order to defeat the United States they would have to steal from what was created by minds born in FREEDOM! Do you really want to concur something that you needed to steal from in order to compete? It is a bit like biting the hand that feeds you after you found out you were able to steal from that hand and convinced yourself therefore that you no longer need MAN! If you can steal from man you convince yourself you don’t need man? It is a very primitive belief isn’t it! It is also a belief of self destruction isn’t it! Do you really believe that if you steal from the minds of men that you are superior to them? You would be well advised not to put the issue to the test!

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