Pakistan hankers after China’s J-31 stealth fighter


China’s J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, which will be fitted with a made-in-China engine, is being highly sought after by Pakistan, reports the state-run China News Service.

The J-31, also known as “Gyrfalcon” or Falcon Hawk by some military enthusiasts, is a twin-engine, mid-size fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. The jet revealed some new additions last week at the 10th Zhuhai Airshow in southern China’s Guangdong province, displaying a metallic film designed to improve stealth and prevent radar waves from penetrating the inside of the cockpit.

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J-31 stealth jet still needs engine to compete with rivals

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Without a proper engine, the J-31, China’s second fifth-generation fighter designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, is unable to compete against Lockheed Martin’s F-35, according to the Guancha Syndicate based in Shanghai.

The J-31 is currently equipped with two RD-93 engines imported from Russia. However, the Russian engine was designed for fourth-generation fighters such as the MiG-29. The thrust of two RD-93 combined cannot match a single F-135 engine on an F-35 fighter, according to the report. When compared with the two F-119 engines of F-22 Raptors, the gap is even wider. In addition, the Russian-built engines also shortened the range of the J-31.

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J-31 model at Zhuhai Airshow indicates changes to stealth fighter

A model of the J-31, China’s second fifth-generation stealth fighter, displayed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China at this year’s Zhuhai Airshow has revealed some of the aircraft’s future development features to the public, according to the Sina Military Network.

The network said the J-31 is no longer named an Advanced Multirole Fighter as it was at the previous airshow two years ago and it was in fact labeled the FC-31. Like the FC-1 Xiaolong multirole fighter designed for Pakistan (where it is called the JF-17 Thunder), the FC-31 is being developed with the overseas market in mind.

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China shows off new stealth fighter

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ZHUHAI: China’s new stealth jet fighter rocketed skywards on Wednesday (Nov 12) as Beijing puts on an unprecedented display of openness – and military force – at the country’s premier airshow.

The black J-31 rose in a nearly vertical climb on take-off in Zhuhai before circling back and doing two rolls, in the aircraft’s first announced public appearance.

The plane’s existence has been the subject of rumour and speculation for years, with photographs appearing increasingly frequently on military websites in recent months. Defence analysts say the J-31 is China’s answer to the United States’ F-35, though the Chinese jet lags behind the American one technologically.

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