J-20 5th Generation Fighter VII


boytoy

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Sorry I don't quite understand your question.

I don't think we've seen any J-20s with testing phase pitot tubes since like prototype sn 2012. Prototype and production J-20s since then have all lacked the pitot you are taking about.


And it's only in later production aircraft that we saw J-20s with the additional weapons bay dark outline treatment.


So if the question is whether the aircraft in the pictures is configured similarly with production J-20s that we know of, the answer should be a definite yes.
I.e. there's nothing on the aircraft itself that looks out of place imo
Do we know if the original black prototype also had the smaller pitots on the sides? I wonder if the smaller pitot is replacing the bigger one or if they serve a different purpose. Hmmm...
 

Bltizo

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Do we know if the original black prototype also had the smaller pitots on the sides? I wonder if the smaller pitot is replacing the bigger one or if they serve a different purpose. Hmmm...

The original tech demo airframes s/n 2001 and 2002 had the smaller air data probes on the sides as well as their larger radome/nose air data probe/pitot.

It's normal for tech demo and prototype airframes of a new aircraft to have a dedicated larger air data probe on or near the tip of the nose, which then get removed as they move into mature prototypes, pre-production and production airframes.
 

by78

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Air-to-air missiles under her wings... Judging by the red PLAAF roundels/insignias, this is one of the earlier prototypes.

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Atomicfrog

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Air-to-air missiles under her wings... Judging by the red PLAAF roundels/insignias, this is one of the earlier prototypes.

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Strange paint job on the nose. Maybe it didn't have a radar to begin with and they fitted one after a while ?
 

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