Russian analyst: J-20 fighter may not aim at close combat

J-20 stealth fighter

Russian military news website recently speculated that China’s J-20 stealth fighter might not be used for close combat, but for dealing with American reconnaissance planes and tanker aircrafts with its long-range air-to-air missiles. These aircrafts are critical for USA in West Pacific.

It says canard configuration of J-20 fighter isn’t good for the stealth, but successful trial flight of J-20 fighter largely surprised USA.

At present, Chengdu Aircraft Factory has made six prototypes of J-20, and designers are still improving J-20 fighter’s structure, and stealth performance of the rear part.

Photoelectric detection system fairing has also been installed on J-20 stealth fighter, which is similar to EOTS system on American F-35 fighter jet.

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