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Discussion in 'Air Force' started by RedSky, Aug 21, 2011.
Pretty selatious considering its only 400 days give or take from 2020.
IMO more ambitious to think US analysts and writer will change their mind to a more unbiased, balanced and objective style of reporting.
Either way a very bold claim to make in the last week of November 2018.
Shenyang really intends to position his FC-31 as the next Chinese onboard fighter ... Photos via 用 影像 记录 生活
Is the one-piece canopy an intentional addition?
Probably not, if you'll notice, this is the J-31 proof of concept aircraft from Zhuhai 4 years ago, so no clipped tips of the prototype FC-31...
I believe it could be done fairly easily, but the aft cockpit bulkhead is a heavy structural member, and having it backing the cockpit gives you a great place to hang equipment, as well as a very safe aft "fire wall" for the pilot... that structure does indeed provide the pilot some additional protection.. though it does limit visibility and light somewhat....
From the Shenyang Aviation Expo.
It's likely the same FC-31 naval model that was photographed in February 2017.
The J-31s have a lot of potential as a project and would become the premier stealth fighter of China's closest allies, who don't have their own stealth fighter programs. As it is well known, these stealth fighters are expensive to develop by just one country. America has done it with several allies contributing toward the program development, as partners in a tiered format. Germany is teaming up with France and Spain for their Stealth Fighter program. Brits are teaming up with the dutch for their own stealth aircraft program.
The way I see it, J-31s would feature at the core of Chinese Navy aircraft carrier program. Extensive work will be required, because this aircraft will be on the front lines to confront adversary air and naval power.
SAC has released no less than 20+ military tenders for what seems to be various subcomponents of a naval stealth fighter.
For example, this tender (link below) is for a target identification equipment that must be stealth-capable and be able to track naval targets:
Other tenders can be viewed via the URL above the link.
Interestingly, Global Times (yes, not the most reliable of sources) has also something to say:
If indeed related to the FC-31/J-XY project, this may be the first official hint that 601 has indeed won the naval tender. Wait and see, of course.
Sorry @Deino could you move it to the J-XY thread? Thanks in advance!