China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has announced the very first public appearance of the new generation aircraft at the week-long 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, starting next Tuesday in Zhuhai. …
China considers the J-20 to be what is known in the West as a “fifth-generation” jet fighter. The US is currently the only country with fifth-generation jets in combat service, namely the F-22 and the F-35. Russia, China and Japan have flyable prototypes of fifth-gens, and several more countries worldwide are developing such military aircraft. Beijing showed off another fifth-gen prototype, the Shenyang J-31, at the previous 2014 Zhuhai airshow.
The F-22 works well but production stopped a few years ago because it was too expensive The F-35, however, is not yet in fighting shape — and is so poor that some US Air force generals say publicly that they would rather the 40 year-old F-15s and F-16s. See “Is The F-35 Being Kept Alive Just To Fleece The Foreign Buyers?“, and “The New Fighter Plane, the F-35, May Never Be Ready for Combat.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil