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Military expert: Taiwan's F-16v not a rival of J-20

(People's Daily Online)    17:09, November 08, 2016

J-20 stealth fighter

The debut of the PLA's J-20 stealth fighter at the Zhuhai Air Show has attracted attention from Taiwan, among others. Feng Shih-kuan, head of Taiwan's local defense authority, said he is confident that Taiwan's F-16v fighter can rival the J-20.

In a program aired on CCTV on Nov. 4, senior colonel Fang Bing, a professor at National Defense University, said Feng's remarks "are a joke."

"Any improvement of the F-16 fighter is at most a 3.5-generation fighter, while the J-20 is a typical fourth-generation fighter. By American and Russian standards, it is a fifth-generation fighter, so there is a huge gap between them," Fang said, adding that in a duel with the J-20, the F-16v would have no chance.

According to Fang, the debut of the J-20 makes it the third type of fourth-generation fighter to enter active service, following the American F-22 and F-35. 

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