The Chengdu J-20, China’s independently developed fourth-generation stealth fighter has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), as revealed by the military channel of China Central Television (CCTV) on March 9th.
Early in 2011, the J-20 stealth fighter made its maiden flight in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. In November last year, the J-20 fighter made its public debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show.
As a masterpiece of China’s modern air force, China’s first stealth fighter J-20 symbolizes the high speed of development in China’s national defense capacity.
Characteristics of J-20
The Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter features a single seat, double engines, twin outward canted all-moving fins and diverterless supersonic inlet. Its canard (small forewing) design helps provide good supersonic performance, excellent supersonic and transonic turn performance, as well as improving short-field landing performance.
The J-20 fighter has an internal weapons bay, making targeting beyond-visual-range air-to-air and short-range missiles possible. With camouflage paint, the fighter also has a low-observability.