- Oct 20, 2011
Continued. Note the EOTS-like system that also features on the J20... The vertical stabilizers and redesigned aft section in general are also very interesting...
The FC-31's flight routine shows that it "bleeds" too much energy -- so when it enters into a turn it begins to lose altitude. Even during straight and level flight the pilot has to engage the engine's afterburners in order to keep the aircraft from sinking to a lower altitude. These are defects in the aircraft's aerodynamic design that a Russian design team would not have made.
add this also, from the same link,
It looks fantastic in photos. In reality unless they develop a cutting edge engine, it would have lesser Thrust to weight ratio, lesser range and far less close combat specs than Mig-29. Because of the drag penalty imposed by the boxy airframe (due to internal weapon bays) adversely affecting its aerodynamics.Western aerospace analysts point out that the FC-31 flown at Zhuhai is a "clean" jet in that it is not armed, which means that an aircraft configured for a real mission and fitted with weapons would be even heavier and would perform even worse.
Timing a coincidence?
So, why has the PLAAF chosen to exhibit an aircraft that is either overweight, underpowered or both?
It could be an oblique signal to Washington timed to coincide with President Barack Obama's visit to Beijing for the APEC summit. The underlying message: "China is stronger than you think."
This would not be the first such example of China trying to use its defense industry to flex its muscles. In January 2011, when the J-20 first flew, then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Beijing for an official visit. His read was that the timing of the two events was in no way coincidental.
Unfortunately for the PLA, the gesture falls flat.
Many would have been more impressed by the FC-31 in photos posted on Chinese websites than after seeing it actually fly at the air show.
Looks can be deceiving, as they say.
I was thinking the same thing. If that disaster of a performance was with a 3 tons lighter aircraft, what are they going to do now.3 tons heavier than the poor performance we saw at the airshow. This thing is DOA.
|Thread starter||Similar threads||Forum||Replies||Date|
|Chinese and Russian 5th-gen fighters could outnumber the F-35||Europe and Russia||0|
|India should stoke Hindu Nationalism in Nepal to counter Chinese influence||Subcontinent & Central Asia||6|
|Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Tel Aviv home||China||1|
|Chinese exploitation of Pakistan||Pakistan||22|