BEIJING: United States has been dominating the air space for last many decades and is the undisputed air power and likely to remain at the top most slot for next many years to come. US F-22 Stealth Fighter and Joint Strike Factor JSF F 35 are likely to be the main arsenal of US Air Power in future.
However for last many years the developments in China have surprised the world. China has tremendously modernised its Armed Forces in last one decade alone. PLA Air Force has been at the centre stage of the modernisation campaign of the Chinese strategists owing to the role Air Power has played in the last few wars.
The latest in the arsenal of Chinese PLA Air Force is the Chinese Stealth Fighter J-20. West has termed the Chinese Stealth J-20 as the competitor and equivalent of the US F-22 Raptor.
However the exact comparison at this stage may not be possible owing to the secrecy of the official Chinese Data about the new stealth fighter jet J-20.
J-20 is a stealth fighter Jet which has the capability to escape the enemy radar detection which makes it the direct competitor of the US F-22 Raptor.
J-20 is equipped with the Chinese AESA Radar and the Chinese Avionics and Armament equivalent to its US Counterpart however little is known about the Jet engine, a technology where so far Chinese are believed to be inferior to its US Counterparts. However the Russian made engines or their Chinese equivalent are likely occupying the engine bay of the Chinese Stealth Fighter J-20.
China is still testing its first stealth fighter, the J-20 but the warplane will soon enter service.
China expects the J-20 to help narrow the military gap with the United States, and its confirmation of the aircraft’s first test flight coincided with a visit to Beijing in 2011 by then-US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Some analysts have said J-20 photographs suggest China may be making faster-than-expected progress in developing a rival to Lockheed Martin’s radar-evading F-22 Raptor.
“At present, the J-20 has yet to be equipped for air force service,” J-20, and another new aircraft, the Y-20 transporter, are still being test flown as planned, the air force said.
“In the near future, the J-20 and Y-20 will, in succession, be equipped for service, effectively raising the air force’s ability to fulfil its mission.
However, experts say China is struggling to develop advanced engines that would allow its warplanes to match US fighter in combat.
China has rapidly been ramping up research into advanced new military equipment, including submarines, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles, which has rattled nerves regionally and in Washington especially.