This is a discussion on J-20... The New Generation Fighter II within the Air Force forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by no_name Well just floating someone else's idea that the ground one is a more anatomically accurate prototype ...
Weapons bays are not like landing gear doors that only need to be cleared for a very specific and restricted range of speeds and maneuvers. A stealth fighter would ideally want to be able to fly with its weapons bays wide open throughout its flight envelope so it can shoot AAMs any time during high-G dogfights.
To see how the weapons bay doors affect the aerodynamics would require you to put weapons bays doors in so they can be opened and flight tested. Considering weapons bays was always a key requirement, it is plainly silly to suggest a prototype would not have it.
The only people who tend to support the idea that there isn't weapons bays are the ones who are desperately wishing it was only a tech demonstrator so they can push the possible in-service date of the J20 a far off into the future in their heads as they can.
As it is, I would not give it any more credibility than editorials from any other people. The fact its published in China does not automatically make it an authority on top secret PLA projects and even more secret future ambitions.
Report: China stealth fighter makes second test flight – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
"Report: China stealth fighter makes second test flight
April 19th, 2011
07:29 AM ET
China's J-20 stealth fighter appears on a runway in Chengdu in January.
China has had a second test flight of its J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to a report from the government-owned newspaper Global Times.
Under the headline "Mystery jet 'flies' again," the paper cited witness accounts that the jet flew Sunday in Chengdu as part of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of China's aviation industry.
The flight lasted almost an hour and a half, an unnamed witness told Global Times.
"The J-20 made several passes and waggled its wings (rolling the plane first to one side then to the other) to salute the crowd near the airfield," Global Times quotes the witness as saying.
The J-20 "has been touted as a potential challenger to the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor, the world's only fifth-generation fighter jet," Global Times said.
The J-20 made its first flight in January as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was visiting China."