Putting wingtip pods unto the J-20 will be beyond silly. Whatever antennas needed (including for EW) for the J-20 will be embedded and not externally mounted.Yes, the J-6 drone's cockpit may be PSed away. If the rest is real, however, the wingtip pods can be useful, especially for EW with J-20.
In the original post, the wingtip pods are referred to those of the J-6 in the second picture.Putting wingtip pods unto the J-20 will be beyond silly. Whatever antennas needed (including for EW) for the J-20 will be embedded and not externally mounted.
I am puzzled by the inference that wingtip ECM pods are somehow technologically more significant. In ECM, the efficacy of the technology is in the electronics and is not something you can discern by visual means.
Q: How are J-20's performance characteristics? How do they compare with those of F-22 and other 4th-generation peers?
A: J-20 is unique among 4th-gen fighters in that it adopts canards. Why? Because canards enable superior lift, maneuverability, take-off and landing characteristics, and they make super-cruise easier to achieve. I've also expressed publicly numerous times that J-20's maximum
So why is J-20's max lift coefficient the highest? Because we aimed really high, and there was a reason for aiming high. When F-22 was under development, the Americans were boasting that F-22's max lift coefficient was 2.0, an extraordinarily high number. For example, Su-27's lift coefficient was 1.6, which was among the very best.
F-22 has a fairly conventional layout – trapezoidal wings, no canards or LERX or other lifting devices. I just couldn't figure out how the Americans could have achieved such a high lift coefficient. As it turns out, after F-22's performance parameters became known, its actual lift coefficient was only 1.5. BUT we did not know that when we first started designing the J-20, so we aimed really high..."
Could it be down to pilot choice?That's strange since it shows now the third helmet in use with the J-20. I always thought the PLAAF would only use the new lightweight design and the one with the HMD ...