China is preparing to commence research on a sixth-generation fighter aircraft from experience gained in the developing the fifth-generation J-20 stealth jet, its most modern fighter to date.
The J-20 stealth fighter jet will be given more capabilities than merely penetrating an enemy's air defense networks, according to its chief designer, Yang Wei, a deputy director at Aviation Industry Corp of China and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Yang Wei told China Daily that designers will develop variants of the radar-evading J-20 and will open research on its successor, a sixth-generation fighter jet, Global Times reported.
"We will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities. At the same time, we will think about our next-generation combat plane to meet the nation's future requirements," Yang said.
The designer made the remarks on the sidelines of the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing. He is a deputy in the nation's top legislature.
"In the past, we had to follow others' paths when it came to designing military aircraft because our research and development capabilities were primitive in this regard, but now we have become capable of designing and making what we want to have," he said.
Referring to the J-20 he said, "of course, it will be tasked with penetrating air defense networks, but that will not be its only mission. It definitely has multiple functions. How we will use it depends on its production and deployment scale," Yang said.
The J-20, China's first fifth-generation combat aircraft, made its maiden flight in January 2011 and was declassified in November 2016. It was the third such stealth fighter jet to enter service, after the United States' F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
It has been sent to take part in a series of combat exercises with other advanced fighter jets in the Air Force and practiced beyond-visual-range aerial fighting maneuvers during the drills, according to the Air Force.
In addition to the J-20, AVIC is testing the FC-31, another fifth-generation combat plane, and wants to use it to tap the international market for advanced fighter jets. The Air Force has made clear that it will not allow exports of the J-20.
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China's J-20 stealth fighter jets may have shadowed US-made top secret F-22 fighter jets during their exercise with South Korean Air Force last week. Speculation is rife that the J-20s may have entered South Korean airspace undetected at a time when Seoul's air defences should be been on full alert as the joint exercise, meant to intimidate North Korea, were underway
China's J-20 and Y-20 have begun training together, and many pilots are able to fly other new types of fighters in formation and are combat-ready, Chinese military experts said. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's new weapons have developed significantly in the past five years
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