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China Could Field Its Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet Before The US – Top USAF Official Apprehends

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China Could Field Its Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet Before The US – Top USAF Official Apprehends
ByEurAsian Times Desk
February 27, 2021

A top US Air Force official has expressed apprehension about whether the country will be able to develop the sixth-generation fighter jet before China fields it and uses it against America.

The defense community is closely watching the developments in the US sixth-generation fighter program called Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD). Developing the type could be of paramount importance for the US to maintain its tech superiority in the field with China rapidly catching up.

The USAF has already flown a full-scale demonstrator of its futuristic NGAD fighter jet last September. And it is already concerned over its rivals closing the gap.

Speaking to reporters on February 26, USAF Air Combat Command head Gen. Mark Kelly said, “I for one am confident that the technology and the test points have developed to where NGAD technology will get fielded. And I’m confident that the adversaries on the other end of this technology will suffer a very tough day and tough week and tough war.

“What I don’t know — and we’re working with our great partners — is if our nation will have the courage and the focus to field this capability before someone like the Chinese fields it and uses it against us.”


What is NGAD?
The US Air Force is working on its ‘highly secret sixth-generation fighter jet under the Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, which will be a step above the fifth-generation F-35s with futuristic technologies.

The prototype was even flown in September and is said to have “broken records”, The Eurasian Times reported earlier. No further details of the fighter are known at the moment. There is speculation that it will possess improved stealth capability and incredible speeds.

However, it could take more than a decade for the sixth-generation fighter jet to become a reality. There is a reason for the US to get worried given that China is also developing its sixth-generation aircraft. An ANI report quoted Wang Haifeng, chief designer at China’s Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Bureau, as saying that it would be ready by 2035.

Kelly didn’t comment about the timeline and the stage at which the US’ NGAD program is currently in, and neither did he reveal the number of prototypes built so far. “It’s a keen focus, a keen capability,” Kelly said.

“We just need to make sure we keep our narrative up and articulate the biggest benefit we’ve had as a nation — to have leading-edge technology ensuring we have air superiority for the nation and the joint force.”

The US Air Force was the first air force in the world to have commissioned a fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, nearly 15 years ago. The jet is even out of production now, with the focus being directed on the upgrade of the existing fleet and its replacement by the single-engine F-35 Lightning II. But the Pentagon is still worried about giving the go-ahead for F-35’s serial production.

In contrast, China has scaled up its production of the J-20 stealth fighter, which was inducted into the PLA Air Force in 2017, the same year the US began deploying its F-35s in Japan. It is believed the number J-20s produced so far will be 60-70.

There are also reports that Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) set up a fourth J-20 production line in 2019, each line able to produce one fighter per month. At this rate, the J-20 should approach the total production numbers of the American F-22 by 2027. This would amount to at least 200 fighters, making it the world’s second-most common stealth fighter behind the F-35, according to the ANI report.

 

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It's a shame that these people are talking about a near-future timeline like 2027 or 2035 but about developing things that kill, not something more interesting and humane like a unified, international settlement on Mars by then.

Why can't they invest the same financial, material and human resources into a unified manned Mars program ?
 

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The turbojet jet engine hurdle needs to be overcome by China.... They have no reliable modern powerplant for their jets... Still.
 
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more Chinese fan boys clogging up this forum with chest thumping posts only to be smacked back into place

we are all fans of China but not all of us are fanboys

its like the Chinese fanboys who were claiming Huawai will rule the world and US semiconductor ban has sunk and killed Huawei which by the way was the biggest smartphone maker in the World and had the backing of the Chinese Central Government with very powerful connections, now Huawei is looking at building parts for electric cars, they made complete fools of themselves

you want to take on US where it dominates ? you are very foolish and stupid, yet again most Chinese fanboys are
 
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It's a shame that these people are talking about a near-future timeline like 2027 or 2035 but about developing things that kill, not something more interesting and humane like a unified, international settlement on Mars by then.

Why can't they invest the same financial, material and human resources into a unified manned Mars program ?
When someone threatens your existence, the most peaceful and humane thing you can do is to build the most terrible weapons possible so that they are deterred from hostile action.
 

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It's a shame that these people are talking about a near-future timeline like 2027 or 2035 but about developing things that kill, not something more interesting and humane like a unified, international settlement on Mars by then.

Why can't they invest the same financial, material and human resources into a unified manned Mars program ?
while listening to Salman hameed he is a prof and teach astronomy in usa he was talking about mars and a thought came to my mind how possible is a war on mars btw china and usa about control over resources and here you are tlaking about unified effort!

wesay do look up for kinaati on youtube amazing channel!
 

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What USAF Air Combat Command head Gen. Mark Kelly really meant was "We need more founds. And our good friends from the military industrial complex need more founds!"

He is just using Chinese as boogeyman for more $. It's not China who was bragging here.
 

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displaying a prototype is one thing but making a fighter which proves its worth in modern Air combat is another, All the best to China for their future ambitions but I think that the US will still maintain the lead in this domain as well, they are operating F-22's for so long now, China just a couple of years ago manage to build a decent Stealth Fighter J-20 which is still not combat proven.
 

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Let china be successful with the 5 gen fighter and then we can take the next step.
 

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It's a shame that these people are talking about a near-future timeline like 2027 or 2035 but about developing things that kill, not something more interesting and humane like a unified, international settlement on Mars by then.

Why can't they invest the same financial, material and human resources into a unified manned Mars program ?

Because Weapons sell....................its all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
 

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Somebody needs to do a political cartoon, of some Military Industrial Complex agent sitting on some curb like a homeless man begging for billions for new weapons. Holding a sign "China is catching up: Need billions of dollars". With another sign laying on the ground saying "Russia is catching up: Need billions". The cups on the ground to put the money are mugs with photos of F-35, USS carriers and other weapons programs.

To add even more effect... have a real homeless man next to this MIC agent begging for $1. His sign reads, need food, need $1.
 

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more Chinese fan boys clogging up this forum with chest thumping posts only to be smacked back into place

we are all fans of China but not all of us are fanboys

its like the Chinese fanboys who were claiming Huawai will rule the world and US semiconductor ban has sunk and killed Huawei which by the way was the biggest smartphone maker in the World and had the backing of the Chinese Central Government with very powerful connections, now Huawei is looking at building parts for electric cars, they made complete fools of themselves

you want to take on US where it dominates ? you are very foolish and stupid, yet again most Chinese fanboys are
Huawei as a single company has done pretty much more than 95% nations on this earth when it comes to heavy sanction from US, yes, he is struggling with mobile sector due to the both chips and app banned,
but still doing well in other sectors.
 

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