J-20 goes operational again

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Unread post06 Nov 2019, 16:29

mixelflick wrote:Well this should be interesting..

Who gets "stage 2" engines operational on their fighter(s) first? The Russians with the SU-57, or the Chinese with the J-20?

I'm betting on the Chinese..

Su-57 first, probably, since they already have izd.30 prototype flying on a test aircraft. WS-15 is not there yet.


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Unread post07 Nov 2019, 05:07

weasel1962 wrote:This was taken from a Chinese forum that formed the source of the Rupprecht article.
J-20 WS-10C.png

Also summarized the article below on the WS-10 variants.
https://www.china-arms.com/2019/09/ws-1 ... -variants/

WS-10 [2005] – J-11 (prototype only)
WS-10A [2005] – J-10/J-11B (few installed)
WS-10B [2008] – J-10C
WS-10B2 – J-16 (more than 200 engines installed)
WS-10B TVC – J-10B (air show exhibit only)
WS-10H – J-15 (test only)
WS-10C – J-20

Eh, what the heck. The photos are a year old, but in keeping with the primer look...
I'm watching...


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Unread post07 Nov 2019, 15:20

It's really shaping up to be a nice fighter.

It's big, but not as big as it looks. Going to have to be, will need lots of internal fuel if those engines are thirsty.The weapons loadout shown so far is interesting.. Most observers have the J-20 pegged as a "strike" aircraft, not a pure air to air fighter. Yet thus far only AAM's have appeared in its internal bays.

I'm guessing they have judged American AWACS/Tankers to be priority target #1 in an air battle, and probably rightfully so. Fighter escorts for those assets are nice, but the more I read about miniature defensive missile/laser systems, the more I think they're going to be a necessity, not a luxury.

It would also free up those fighters for their intended mission...

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