Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force 0

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

The Chengdu J-10 fighter belongs to the demonstration flight team of the Chinese Air Force.

To achieve its ambition of building a world-class military, China acquires or steals many foreign technologies to manufacture its own weapons, including fighter aircraft.

Chengdu J-10

In the 1980s, the US and Israel cooperated to create a 4th generation multi-role fighter called Lavi, based on the General Dynamics F-16 fighter platform.

A few years after the Lavi project ended, US officials were surprised to discover that Israel transferred the project’s development plan to China, helping the country access technologies used to develop the F-16 fighter.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

The Chengdu J-10 has a similar appearance and many technologies to the General Dynamics F-16.

The J-10 fighter has superior advantages over older fighters in the Chinese air force and has gradually become an important force, contributing to significantly improving the combat capability of this force.

The J-10 is not the only Chinese fighter with elements similar to the F-16, but it is the closest copy of the F-16 to the prototype.

Shenyang J-11 and Shenyang J-16

When the Soviet Union fell into crisis in the late 1980s, China took the opportunity to buy the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter production line, which was developed to deal with American jet fighters such as the Grumman F.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

Shenyang J-11 (left) is produced by China on the Su-27 production line (right) purchased from the Soviet Union.

Moscow initially only wanted to sell the MiG fighter design to Beijing, but economic difficulties forced them to transfer the Su-27 line.

After purchasing some new technologies for the Su-27 from Russia in 2000, China combined them with its own developed technologies to create the Shenyang J-16 fighter, a fighter model considered a

Shenyang J-15

Shenyang J-15 serves as China’s main flagship fighter. Initially, the country planned to buy the entire Sukhoi Su-33 fighter production line similar to the Su-27 production line deal.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, China bought a Su-33 prototype codenamed T-10K-3 from Ukraine and completely dismantled it to study the structure, functions and operation of this aircraft.

On this basis, China built the J-15 fighter model with a design similar to the Su-33 and some improvements such as light weight composite materials.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

Shenyang J-15 (left) is an improved copy of the Su-33 fighter.

Technically, the J-15 fighter is comparable to the American McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle interceptor fighter, even better in speed, payload and flight ceiling.

But the J-15’s capabilities are hindered by China’s current carrier-style jump takeoff system, which means the J-15 can carry fewer weapons.

China is said to be trying to build an electromagnetic catapult for fighter ships, similar to the catapult on the new US Ford-class aircraft carrier, but it is likely that the J-15 will be eliminated before this catapult is used.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

‘Copy’ squadron of the Chinese air force

Shenyang J-15 takes off and lands on the aircraft carrier Liaoning.

THE Caihong-4

The shape of the Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by China makes many people believe that this UAV model is a copy of the US General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper UAV even though there is no proof yet.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

China’s CH-4 UAV (left) is said to be copied from the US MQ-9.

The CH-4 can carry fewer weapons than the MQ-9, despite having similar flight times and capabilities, proving that the engine system of the Chinese UAV model is less powerful than the American UAV.

China has sought to overcome this weakness with its domestic research and development program and launched a new generation UAV called CH-5.

FC-1 Xiaolong/PAC JF-17 Thunder

In the 1960s, China acquired the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 fighter production line from the Soviet Union and produced the Chengdu J-7 fighter.

Thanks to the Lavi program acquired from Israel, China launched the CAC FC-1 Xiaolong/PAC JF-17 Thunder, a `hybrid` fighter between the F-16 and MiG-21.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

Fighter FC-1/JF-17 (left) and MiG-21.

The FC-1/JF-17 fighter has the typical triangular wings of the MiG-21, while the nose and tail are almost identical to the F-16.

Chengdu J-20

China’s first fifth generation fighter Chengdu J-20 is considered a copy of the American Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

The J-20 (left) was developed based on the American F-22 (right) design.

Although these two fighter models have many similarities, China’s lack of technological foundation for manufacturing paint and stealth materials and the additional design of the J-20’s canards makes many experts believe that the J-20 has

Some other experts warn that China may continue to improve the J-20 and produce more powerful variants.

Shenyang J-31

Information about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter development program was also transferred by Su Bin to China and became the basis for the country to develop the Shenyang J-31 fighter.

The J-31 fighter is said to have a greater range and payload than the F-35. It is likely that the J-31 will replace the role of the J-15 flagship fighter, which often has problems.

Fake fighter jets in the Chinese Air Force

The design of the J-31 (left) has many similarities with the F-35 (right).

Similar to the J-20 fighter, the J-31 fighter’s capabilities are limited because China has not mastered the technology of making paint and stealth materials.

Some experts say that China’s J-31 is not currently equipped with a data connection system like the US F-35 fighter.

Nguyen Tien

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