This is like the less westernized version of T-50, on-par with the F18.
Be a nice aircraft to upgrade and make a naval variant for the carriers. A few years from now, if they bring out a carrier variant to upgrade the J-15s. Depends on the perfromance and charactoeristics...but a naval variant would be an option I would think.Really depends on if this aircraft actually exists.
SAC's said to be working on this "silent flanker," a strike version of J-11BS, and an entirely new stealthy 5th generation aircraft developed from their rejected J-XX proposal as well. I have a feeling one or two of these projects might be the same thing. We'll know soon enough I suppose.
So, "J-16/19" vs "JH-7B". The bigger question is "is the PLAAF requesting fighters to fill those roles?"The thread starter's pic is just pure fan art.
And yes, there is definitely a new twin-engine heavy 5th generation fighter under R&D at SAC, this is confirmed in Li Tian's recent published book. (Li Tian is the chief scientist at SAC/601th insitutue and a senior fellow of the academy of engineering of China).
The fighter will have conventional layout with large leading edges and large wings, this is based on a early proposal for the J-XX project.
SAC's 5th generation stealth fighter is largely self-funded, most of their sub-constractors, save the engines providers , are these who have also failed the J-XX competitions, so it is kind of a league of "losers".
The success of SAC's upcoming stealth fighter is crucial to AVIC group, since J-20 project using open bidding to decide their sub-contractors, which means a lot of companies outside of AVIC won the contracts. (e.g. J-20's AESA radar provider is 14th insistue instead of AVIC's own Insistutue of Radar and Electoncs Equipments).
Meanwhile SAC's stealth fighter will limit their sub-contractors to AVIC's other companies/factories, thats whay AVIC decided to self-fianced this project, therefore the cost of this fighter may not be significant lower than J-20.
According to the more reliable source (the guy who successfully predicted the time of the maiden flight of J-20 and other details, milestones about J-20 in 2009), the fighter is otpimized for multirole purpose, unlike J-20, which is a dictated air-superiority fighter, but SAC's fighter can also do the 4S requirements for the 5th generation fighter, althrough at a lesser degree.
However, the guy also mentioned that SAC's mutli-role stealth fighter will like to face tough competition from another AVIC's design insistute, 603th insistute, which is expected to develop a stealth heavy fighter-bomber, place more emphasis on stealth, low-cost, and larger internal weapon bay size, at the expense of inferior dog-fight performance.
IF they're privately funded the SAC and XAC are probably hoping for PLAAF interest. I'd think PLAAF are already commited with J-20 for their future AirDom fighter but there is a potential spot for a future striker.So, "J-16/19" vs "JH-7B". The bigger question is "is the PLAAF requesting fighters to fill those roles?"