The last portion written by Pupu-2012 is a bit up to interpretation, so the original Chinese text is as follows:Weibo user #1: "The H-20 still hasn't flown yet."
Pupu-2012: "Wait until 176 flies first."
Weibo user #2: "What is '176'? Twin-seat J-20?"
Pupu-2012: "Attack [aircraft]!"
Link to the post:Weibo user #1: 轰20还不飞
Weibo user #2: 176是什么？双座歼二十？
The only way a light attack aircraft could work as a viable, cost effective and not-a-deathtrap concept would be if it was unmanned. That's using it against near peer opponents. Of course, if it is to be used for counter insurgency then anything can go. But I don't think China has a need for a COIN plane.
Indeed, however what surprises and concerns me the most - especially in mind of this rumour and the new KJ-500 spotted - is the question on what else have we missed?...
But you'd think that if it were an unmanned aircraft, that it would've been mentioned even in the admittedly vague rumours about it so far.
Yeah, that's why I treat all of the confirmed information and numbers we ever have as a minimum "base" of information and that the true extent and true numbers are likely greater than we realize.Indeed, however what surprises and concerns me the most - especially in mind of this rumour and the new KJ-500 spotted - is the question on what else have we missed?
How big is our knowledge gap and what is the current status of our information?
Most likely unbelievably big.