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Defense News: DTN News – DEFENSE NEWS: First Chinese Stealth Fighter

January 5, 2011

(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada – January 5, 2011: China’s first known stealth aircraft just emerged from a secret development program and was undergoing high-speed taxi tests late last week at Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute’s airfield. Said to be designated J-20, it is larger than most observers expected—pointing to long range and heavy weapon loads.Its timing, Chengdu’s development record and official statements cast doubt on U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 2009 prediction (in support of his decision to stop production of the Lockheed Martin F-22) that China would not have an operational stealth aircraft before 2020.

viaDefense News: DTN News – DEFENSE NEWS: First Chinese Stealth Fighter Ready For Takeoff? – Part #2.

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