China Unveils Yet another Stealth Jet and First Aircraft Carrier
Here we go again… Nearly 2 years after China’s Chengdu aerospace firm unveiled its J-20 jet fighter prototype — Beijing’s first stealth warplane — the rival Shenyang Company has revealed what appears to be a competing, radar-evading plane.
Though there’s currently some discussion ongoing about the prototype’s official designation, what’s certain is that China’s definitely working on yet another stealth jet.
It is most likely called the J-31, not the J-21, though it’s definitely called what translates to the Falcon Eagle. The J31, as analysts call it, shows how fast China is moving.
“There’s been a lot of progress over the past decade. And the fact that they can produce stealth fighter prototypes and have two factories producing them in competition with each other is a sign of how far China has come,” says Phillip C. Saunders of the National Defense University, who has just written a book on the Chinese airforce.
China’s first aircraft carrier, which is being refitted at the port of Dalian, flew all the flags on Thursday. Photos show what looks like a ceremony is being held on the deck of the carrier.
The carrier, built on former Ukrainian vessel Varyag, is capable of carrying around 30 fixed wing fighters and helicopters and a crew of about 2,000. And the hull number, “16,” has been painted on the ship recently.