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Originally posted by greendragon at 2010-5-13 23:38
The Question that you should ask Mr. antimatter!
Can China build the J-XX for their NAVAL, marine, airforce force projections!
They already see a working F-22 for the American airforce, and the ...
5th generation jet fighters [ are a luxury and not an ultimate must]. if it is indeed deemed a 'must have', then i can't see the need for boeing to go into the development of yet another version of the f-15 http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/g ... ws/Silent031709.xml ... stealth is a sales pitch and dummies around the world is going to fall all over it.
for this reason, as china goes leisurely and merrily along as it fiddles with its stealth programs, do expect numerous upgrades to china's current generation of j-10, j-11's, jh-7's, even j-8 from their current G-3 (G-4 western standard) status wares to that of state of the arts 21st century hardware's with a theme centered around the best that technology can offer. example as follow:
earlier, it was kanwa's to turn to speculate, now it's russia's... http://mil.news.sina.com.cn/2010-05-14/0820594021.html ttp://military.china.com/zh_cn/top01/11053250/20100514/15935921.html
no, antimatter, it's a j-11b, not su-33 or su-35, and it don't necessarily have to have canards in them... canards are only a preference. no american fighters, ever, has canards and they are the standards of the world...
generation 3(4) makes for cheaper production cost. it makes for mass production more efficient. and, it makes for mass marketing easier to reach for all potential buyers... F-22 and F-35 will become obsolete if it isn't already against newer phased array radars -- they make for the perfect target drones to loose today's beyond visual range air-air missiles on...
china's j-13,15, whatever may not necessary be the stealth programs as the j-14, 18, or 20 that people have come to expect of china. china's j-13 and 15 program, my opinion, are similar to how people have come to expect of china's 094 ssbn program, a sub with 16 tube, but surprisingly, it's an 092 upgrade designed to taker on the newer jl-2 slbm and, because it's so distinctly different from the 092 xia, a newer designation, 094 was assigned to it instead. therefore expect that the 16 tube 096 as already having been launched and, expect china's j-10 and 11's to continue to take on newer upgrades and as such given totally new designations instead.