January 9, 2019
By: Alex Lockie
- The makers of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter revealed the combat mission of the aircraft, and one of its key tasks would most likely see it getting shot down by decades-old US and European fighter jets.
- The J-20 has an impressive stealth design and good missiles that make it ideal for attacking some key targets that could degrade or even cripple the US military.
- But when it comes to old-fashioned air superiority, which China says the J-20 will take on, the US’s F-15 and Europe’s Typhoon could most likely beat it with ease.
- The US’s top air-superiority fighter, the F-22, outclasses the J-20 by a wide margin in terms of taking control of the skies.
The makers of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter revealed the combat mission of the aircraft, and one of its key tasks would most likely see it getting shot down by decades-old US and European fighter jets.
The J-20 has impressed observers with its advanced design and formidable weapons, but the jet’s actual combat mission has remained somewhat of a mystery.
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But Andreas Rupprecht, a German researcher focused on China’s air power, recently posted an informational brochure from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the J-20’s maker, laying out its mission.
It described the J-20 as a “heavy stealth” fighter that’s “renowned” for its dominance in medium- and long-range air combat and lists first “seizing & maintaining air superiority” as its core missions.
It also lists interception and deep strike as missions for the J-20, falling roughly in line with Western analyses of the jet’s capabilities.
But the J-20s purported air-superiority role is likely to raise more eyebrows.
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