Monday, August 8, 2011

Chinese J-20 Mighty Dragon Fifth Generation Stealth Fighter Aircraft

| Monday, August 8, 2011 | 0 comments

The J-20 is a single-seat, twin-engine aircraft which appears to be somewhat larger and heavier than the comparable Sukhoi T-50 and Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. J-20 Mighty Dragon flew for the first time on 11th of January 2011 and it is likely to be ready for induction in the PLAAF by 2017 to 2018.

The production J-20 may incorporate an advanced fly-by-wire (FBW) system fully integrated with the fire-control and the engine systems. Its fire-control radar is expected to be Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA).

The J-20 has a large belly weapon bay for short/long-range air-to-air missiles (AAM) (PL-10, PL-12C/D & PL-21) and two smaller lateral weapon bays behind the air inlets for short-range AAMs (PL-10).

Specifications (these aircraft is in development, so the specifications are preliminary):
Crew: 1
Length: 62 ft (19 m)
Wingspan: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Max takeoff weight: 66,000–80,000 lb (34,000 - 37,000 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × 117S and WS-10G turbofans (prototypes); WS-15 (production) turbofans
Thrust with afterburner: 31,900 lb (117S); 32,845 (WS-10G); 40,500 (WS-15) (142 kN for 117S; 155 kN for WS-10G; 180 kN for WS-15) each


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