Shenyang FC-31 / J-31 Fighter Demonstrator


SinoSoldier

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What are we looking at ? is it an infrared ? I cant see anything.

Obviously a manipulated photo so as to hide certain details while providing sufficient clarity for others to know what's being shown.

It's the front section of the FC-31 31003's fuselage - note the open canopy.
 

Bltizo

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I'm not sure why the person who took that photo chose to alter it so greatly -- we already have clear pictures of FC-31 V2 s/n 31003.

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I'm also cautious to derive too much from putting the photos of KLJ-7As with that photo to mean the aircraft will use KLJ-7A.... for all we know the guy's just going "this aircraft will use an AESA -- and here are some AESA mockup pictures".
 

SinoSoldier

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I'm not sure why the person who took that photo chose to alter it so greatly -- we already have clear pictures of FC-31 V2 s/n 31003.

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I'm also cautious to derive too much from putting the photos of KLJ-7As with that photo to mean the aircraft will use KLJ-7A.... for all we know the guy's just going "this aircraft will use an AESA -- and here are some AESA mockup pictures".

Yeah, that's why it was more of an implication than a direct hint that we're used to receiving from these folks.

But I will say that it's one thing to post the FC-31 photo alongside a random smattering of AESA radars and another to do so with multiple photos of one specific radar system. And it's worth noting that the KLJ-7A isn't the only Chinese AESA radar in existence, so perhaps this is indeed some form of "clue" or "hint".
 

Bltizo

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This is a topwar.ru article about weight and engine problems with j-31 (its in russian but use translate). Does anyone knows about these issues?

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They're not specific issues so much as the general challenges of converting an aircraft for carrier use.
Though it's also a remarkably brief piece and its statements aren't specific enough for us to know what basis they're making them on, not to mention I'm not sure why they mention WS-15 in relation to FC-31... and the unfortunate use of "J-31".

So it all reads like a piece by someone who has no familiarity with the topic at all..
 

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