J-XY - maybe J-35 - next generation carrier-borne fighter


Bltizo

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We also can see the full-height fuselage going right to and beyond the tail, more suitable for a single-engine plane. And weird (for a fighter plane) straight line formed by nosecone and the cockpit(maybe cartoonish depiction, though). No readily apparent shape of intakes. Straight delta.

I am almost sure this is just a picture and should be treated as such. Not necessarily, of course, but at the very least this shape isn't something most of us expect of the new plane.

If this cartoon emerged in absence of any context and in absence of years of gradually compounding evidence that J-XY will be a FC-31 derived fighter (with basically outright confirmation being the mockup on the Wuhan carrier mockup), then I would agree with you that this cartoon shouldn't have too much read into it.


But given we do have years of context and gradually compounding evidence and that this cartoon was referenced directly in relation to a new upcoming carrier based fighter straight from the horse's mouth, IMO the only reasonable question we can ask is: "which of the known upcoming carrier aircraft can it plausibly be depicting"?
 

Gloire_bb

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If this cartoon emerged in absence of any context and in absence of years of gradually compounding evidence that J-XY will be a FC-31 derived fighter (with basically outright confirmation being the mockup on the Wuhan carrier mockup), then I would agree with you that this cartoon shouldn't have too much read into it.


But given we do have years of context and gradually compounding evidence and that this cartoon was referenced directly in relation to a new upcoming carrier based fighter straight from the horse's mouth, IMO the only reasonable question we can ask is: "which of the known upcoming carrier aircraft can it plausibly be depicting"?
Maybe. Maybe it's me, but I simply see too much of this pic in the new one:
93HRZUA.jpg

And this is def not something I'd expect from a Chinese carrier-borne fighter.
Table model looks much closer to expectations.
 

davidau

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Maybe. Maybe it's me, but I simply see too much of this pic in the new one:
93HRZUA.jpg

And this is def not something I'd expect from a Chinese carrier-borne fighter.
Table model looks much closer to expectations.
According to the Chinese media the J-35 carrier-borne fighter jet will debut before year end, so just a couple of months away. Can't wait!
 

Bltizo

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Maybe. Maybe it's me, but I simply see too much of this pic in the new one:
93HRZUA.jpg

And this is def not something I'd expect from a Chinese carrier-borne fighter.
Table model looks much closer to expectations.

Considering the table model is a model with intended to be realistic proportions that depicts a proper aircraft rather than a cartoon with exaggerated proportions, of course the table model looks closer to expectations.


The question isn't whether the cartoon looks weird or not, the question IMO should be whether it can be interpreted to reasonably represent J-XY.
 

Richard Santos

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I've always liked the F35 aesthetic, this somehow looks like an even nicer F35

Overall I am very happy that this project is finally happening
F35 is just about the ugliest tactical aircraft to see service in about 6 decades. it would take very hard work for the designers of the J-35 to make it not nicer looking than the F-35.
 

sndef888

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F35 is just about the ugliest tactical aircraft to see service in about 6 decades. it would take very hard work for the designers of the J-35 to make it not nicer looking than the F-35.
Idk, I really like the short stubby simple looking wings, reminds me of the simpler days of aviation I guess
 

james smith esq

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The cartoon does, however, bear an uncanny resemblance to this
 

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