China tests new jet fighter FC-31 Gyrfalcon prototype
China has tested an improvised version of its stealth fighter and plans to sell it at half the price of the US variant to break Western monopoly over the high-tech aircraft. The newest version of the J-31 – now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon – stealth fighter jet has conducted its maiden flight last week in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province.
This “fifth-generation” twin-engine jet is China’s answer to the US F-35, the world’s most technically advanced fighter. In the past China has been accused of copying designs from Russian fighters, and some analysts say the FC-31 bears a close resemblance to the F-35.
The new FC-31 has “better stealth capabilities, improved electronic equipment and a larger payload capacity” than the previous version which debuted in October 2012, The jet is manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC). China is aggressively moving to develop its domestic weapons industry, from drones and anti-aircraft systems to homegrown jet engines.
The FC-31 will become the country’s second fifth-generation fighter after the J-20, which put on its first public performance at the Zhuhai Air Show recently.
China is aggressively moving to develop its domestic weapons industry, from drones and anti-aircraft systems to homegrown jet engines.
Stealth technology allows an aircraft to be partially invisible to Radar or any other means of detection.
Fifth-generation jet fighter
A fifth-generation jet fighter is a jet fighter classification used around the world that encompasses the most advanced technology over the fourth-generation jet fighter.