Shenyang FC-31 / J-31 Fighter Demonstrator


Bltizo

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They also claim that there was a large break-through and the main designer has said that there will be good news soon. It is, of course, superior in every performance parameter to the 2 prototypes that preceded it, which should be a given.

My only concern with this video is that it's not outstandingly professional as it seems to be narrated by a reporter rather than someone in military uniform with military links. And also, she keeps saying that the models at the Paris airshow were 3.0, which, from what I remember, we decided were actually 2.0 and sloppy 1.0, correct me if I'm wrong of course. Ignorant reporter mis-translations can potentially cause quite large gaps to develop from what was told to them and what they tell the audience...
I believe it was SAC or AVIC that mentioned there would be good news soon a while back.

However this video doesn't introduce anything new or credible to our present understanding and frankly it is below the standards of which we expect for this forum for us to take it seriously.

Not everyone who can edit together and narrate a video is worthy of having their opinion noticed. PLA watching relies on rumour sources with established credentials or established track records for a reason.
I.e.: we are discriminating to an extent WRT the places we consider credible, and this video doesn't meet that standard. Frankly I don't know why davidau posted it here in the first place.
 

Air Force Brat

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V3.0 is bigger and longer than previous version and for sure will use WS19. The wings also bigger

The chief designer of J31 made a public statement that "there will good news on the J31 soon!"
I'd have to say I "love" this, and here I'm gonna be like the 15T, 2 AMRAM in each side bay J-20 boys, I hope this comes to pass, it would be a neat development for the PLANAF.
 

Just4Fun

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"31001" came out again. Note the engine nozzles are different.
Not sure what engines it uses.
It is said that 3D-typing and other new technologies are used in manufacturing it.

The video is below.

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Inst

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The biggest problem with the J-31 is that they went budget and skipped the EODAS. If they kept the EODAS, the J-31 could have been a nice F-35 clone to offset the F-35's capability.
 

Deino

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"31001" came out again. Note the engine nozzles are different.
Not sure what engines it uses.
It is said that 3D-typing and other new technologies are used in manufacturing it.

The video is below.

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I really don't know what you can see as different to the regular ones?? I can barely see the nozzle ...

Via CCTV 4 and @沉默的山羊 from Weibo

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ougoah

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The biggest problem with the J-31 is that they went budget and skipped the EODAS. If they kept the EODAS, the J-31 could have been a nice F-35 clone to offset the F-35's capability.
There are no J-31s in PLAAF. Just some prototypes at SAC. Even the first prototype 31001 has some obvious panels for DAS like systems. If J-31 ever becomes a reality in PLAAF or even as an exported product, you can bet that they will install a DAS system.
 

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