Photos of a prototype Chinese stealth fighter have emerged from test flights believed to have taken place at the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation airfield. Experts say the plane, generally referred to as the Shenyang J-31, demonstrates the Chinese aircraft industry’s “growing sophistication”.
Photos posted to the Internet Thursday showed the radar-avoiding aircraft airborne near the northeastern city of Shenyang with its landing gear still down. Two Chinese-made J-11 fighters accompanied it on the flight, which Chinese military enthusiast websites said took place Wednesday and lasted about 10 minutes.
While both [the J-31 and J-20 prototypes] feature stealth design features, their true capabilities in terms of sensors, radar-absorbing coatings, and other key factors remain unknown. It isn’t known when, or if, either plane will go into production.
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