Russia may help China develop VTOL J-31 stealth fighter jet

Newest photo of China’s homegrown 4th-generation fighter jet with clear view of boosting of its engines. (Photo: Nunainiu No. 1)

Newest photo of China’s homegrown 4th-generation fighter jet with clear view of boosting of its engines. (Photo: Nunainiu No. 1)

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

Russia’s sputniknews.cn website reported that China tried to develop vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighters in the 1960s and 1970s, but failed. Now China is again considering building such fighters.

There are only two countries in the world that have the technology to build VTOL fighters: Russia and Britain. The US is not included, as the US F-35B uses technology purchased from Russia.

Russia is experienced not only in making the special engines but also quite a few other devices for VTOL fighters, for example the ejection seat for the pilot to escape when the VTOL fighter jet has a problem in taking off or landing.

The VTOL stealth J-31 will enable China to turn the huge amphibious attack warships it is building into light aircraft carriers, so that China’s J-31 will be a rival to the US F-35.

Russia has said it can help it can help China develop the VTOL J-31.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Russian media: China will perhaps want VTOL J-31, which Russia can help develop” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 



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