This is a discussion on J-20... The New Generation Fighter III within the Air Force forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Quickie The way the spin chute is attached to the aft of the J-10 is very different ...
So there is now 3 prototypes? So that's 6 engines, which means we have a Chinese built high performance 5th generation engine installed on at least one aircraft
I guess we may eventually see half a dozen aircraft for the testing phase before 2015 and small batch production some time after that, before full scale production start
Within 5 years we could start seeing maybe a dozen J20 in operation (SBP and prototypes in total)
So life in the manned fighter dept is gettin tougher all over, especially with the US navy trying to trot out the X-47b to trump the USAF, and get more "O'bama Bucks", the USAF has gotten all "touchy feely, feminized", between that and defense sequestration, we will shortly be ramping our whole set up back to 30s levels? BHO has triggered a global slowdown in everyones economy, and if reelected, by this time next year, we may not have enough defense news to fill a teacup?
Well I think it's almost a certainty that they have a 3rd airframe for static testing, but in terms of flying prototypes, there only seems to be two confirmed thus far.