Shenyang / SAC - newly announced 5th generation fighter


Tam

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Next phase will likely be prototype construction if that's the case; the J-20 prototype took 5 months for construction and the FC-31 just under a year. So a 2020 first flight may very well be possible but January is out of the question for a reveal date.
I am thinking sometime more like late next year.
 

ougoah

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If that's the case, won't they mention "无人", or "unmanned" somewhere in the article...?
I suspect they don't want to give out too much detail. Fighter is in the context of the craft being designed to (also?) handle air superiority missions and fight A2A, as opposed to sharp sword which is strike oriented. In this case it's a looser definition of the word fighter than manned J series of fighters. Sure saying wu ren would immediately make things clear but without using those two words, it's possible we're talking about a UCAV. Anyway is this the same thing as the SAC "phase transition" project?
 

SinoSoldier

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Back in June 2018 there was a photo of a Dark Sword mockup. Soon after the appearance of said photo, an interview with Qianshao Fu (apparently someone connected to the PLAAF) seems to suggest that the project has been in development "in secret" and that R&D of the weapon system was in "full swing".

Perhaps this could be related to the project?

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Stills from the interview with Qianshao Fu:
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SinoSoldier

Colonel
Well, if anyone still has doubts that the new fighter project isn't related to the FC-31, make of the following PowerPoint what you will:

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Could someone translate what's written on the first slide?
 

SinoSoldier

Colonel
I take that back. Zooming on the powerpoint presentation photographed in that WeChat log, one can make out a FC-31 diagram/logo on it.

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Deino

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Just a question ... we are now with three threads discussion similar things: This one as a "Breaking News thread", then the regular "FC-31 thread" and finally the "future carrier-borne fighter" thread in the naval section.

IMO it is not useful to have three separate ones and I'm open for suggestions ... how should I merge them?
 

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