Monday, November 9, 2009

China’s stealth fighters are on the way


China’s Vice Commander of Air Force said, China is making full efforts on the research of its 4th generation fighter. The analysts say the maturity of Chinese J-10 fighters marks China has passed its imitation-period on the fighters’ production.

Nov. 11, 2009 will be the date of the 60th anniversary of China’s Air Force. Nov. 08, 2009, Chinese General He Wei-rong, Vice Commander of China’s Air Force received an interview from the programme “Face to Face” of China Central Television (CCTV).

During the interview, General He said, “J-10 fighters have represented an important milestone of our China’s aviation industry. They also embodied a turning point and a leap on our fighters’ generations, because J-10 fighters belong to the ones of the 3rd generation . Before being capable of making J-10s, we did not have our homegrown 3rd generation fighters. ……, This is a very obviously symbolized progress.”

To answer when China will have its 4th generation fighters, General He said, China is endeavoring on this, and the first flight will be organized soon, and then the trial flight will be conduct shortly after the first flight. He said the 4th generation fighters are expected to formally join the air force 8 to 10 years later according to where they are now.

The Chinese homemade J-10 is a fighter jet compatible to U.S. F-16 or Russian MiG-29. The Chinese 4th generation fighter will be a fighter jet compatible to U.S. F-22, F-35, or Russian T-50, which is a fighter with stealth capability.

Recently, there are many rumours among Chinese military fans on Chinese websites regarding future Chinese J-14 stealth fighters.