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J-31 may become China's next generation carrier-borne fighter jet

(People's Daily Online)

08:44, March 06, 2013

Sun Cong, chief designer of the J-15 carrier-borne fighter jet and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, accepted a special interview on March 2.

The J-15, nicknamed "lying shark", is China's first generation of carrier-borne fighter jet. When the piloted J-15 fighter landed on the Liaoning aircraft carrier for the first time and successfully took off, Sun was filled with excitement.

J-15 carrier-borne fighter jet has filled the technological gap in the related fields. Compared with land-based aircraft, the carrier-borne aircraft raised more and higher requirements in technological aspects.

Sun said the carrier-borne fighters must have the same combat capability as the land-based fighters in terms of bomb load, combat radius, and maneuverability; it must have good low-speed performance. It also raised higher requirements in terms of blocking landing in the sea and ski-jump takeoff.

"The engine is the key. If we can halve the fuel consumption, the combat radius will increase." Sun said that a J-15 equipped with domestic engines can have a combat radius of more than 1,000 kilometers. Considerable progresses have been made in fire control radar and guided missiles. "The indicators of J-15 are generally close to U.S. F/A- 18 Hornet , reaching world-class standards."

To make sure the aircraft slides at a relative velocity of about 60 meters per second in a fixed and constant posture on the glide slope and land precisely on the fight deck, many key technological difficulties including the operation methods of the pilot, the technical design characteristics, and other aspects need to be overcome.

Sun is also the chief designer of the J-31. He hopes the J-31 can pair up with J-20 in the future in tasks of both high and low altitudes, to maintain continuing striking capability. He also hopes the improved version of J-31 can become China's next-generation carrier-borne fighter jet.

At present, Sun and his team are exploring key technologies of the next generation of fighter planes, and "will make breakthroughs in terms of whole time-domain, whole airspace, and greater combat radius".

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Mohamed Al Hashimi at 2013-03-0880.239.242.*
In my opinion, J-11 with J-31 will be nice over the Chinese aircraft carrier because these aircrafts have light weight and high speed.
Sherazur Rahman at 2013-03-07141.0.10.*
Last year China launched her first historic steath air craft j-20 , a prototype copy with a large combat capabilites and performance and taking hard struggle of avinoic improvement. Now china avation industry and technological institutes are working for a new steath fifth genartion air crafts j-31 for both ground and naval activites. Few month ago china lounched her air crafts carrier based naval verson j-15 on the new air crafts carrier dake successfully landing and take off. But china is using RD-93 or AL-31F Russian made engine and avonic and rudder system for tieir new stealth combat fighter. Although, china is manufacturing ws-10 advanced engine, but they are facing low productio capabilites. On the other hand, china new air craft have very littlf oppourtunity to use in a active or large war mission like us made F-16, F15, F-18 super hornet F-22 or 35. In my mind china should increase her production capaeilites with a large scale and may include western technolgy.Sherazur Rahman, a primary school teacher Bangladesh.
naim ur rehman at 2013-03-06119.73.5.*
China is the next super power.Bye bye USA

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