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China's new-generation fighter jet scheduled to make maiden flight in 2021


Nov 4, 2011
China's new-generation fighter jet scheduled to make maiden flight in 2021
Global Times
Published: 2020/6/30 18:08:39

A Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter has its test flight ahead of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, Nov 10, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

China's new-generation fighter jet is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2021, an aviation industry report revealed on Monday. Analysts speculate that it will be China's new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet.

A team at China Aero-Polytechnology Establishment under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has resumed work while fighting the COVID-19 epidemic with the aim of supporting the scheduled maiden flight of a new-generation fighter jet in 2021, according to a statement the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment released on its WeChat public account on Monday.

This team is responsible for the new fighter jet's basic technology project, and other institutes, including AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute and the Chengdu-based No.29 Research Institute under the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), are also involved in its development, according to the statement.

The statement did not elaborate on the details of the new fighter jet, but the Shenyang institute is known for the development of the J-15, China's first type of aircraft carrier-based fighter jet, and the FC-31, China's second type of stealth aircraft rumored to be under deep modification to become a new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet.

Based on available information, it is possible that the new fighter jet introduced in the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment statement is indeed a new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet developed from the FC-31, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese air defense expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Fu said that while the Chinese Air Force may eventually require a medium-sized stealth fighter jet to accompany the heavy J-20 stealth fighter jet, the Chinese Navy is in more urgent need of a stealth fighter jet on China's future aircraft carriers, as the US has already developed F-35B and F-35C stealth fighter jets for amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers.

If this is the case, it will likely take another five years or so of testing following the maiden flight in 2021 to put the new fighter jet into active service, Fu said, noting that this time period could be shortened because the FC-31 has been tested as a technical demonstrator for many years.

According to a statement released by the Shenyang institute in December 2019, it has started developing a new type of fighter jet jointly with AVIC Manufacturing Technology Institute since 2018. This older report did not elaborate on the specifics of the new aircraft.

China is reportedly building its third and more advanced aircraft carrier at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard, which is expected to be launched and commissioned in the 2020s. A more advanced fighter jet could greatly enhance the carrier's combat capability, analysts said.

There has also been speculation online by military enthusiasts claiming the new fighter jet could be a drone fighter jet or a space fighter jet.



Jun 2, 2012
United Arab Emirates
So much for those who were labeling the the FC-31 as a 'dead stick'.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing what major modifications they've done - compared to the early bird we say years ago.


May 27, 2018
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
It would be interesting for sure. I had assumed it to be a dead project, owing to lack of PLAAF involvment. Lets see. If it does find favour in PLAN, then it might do so for PAF aswell as a short term capability increase.

It all depends on the engines, and if it can also use the RD series as does the JF17.


Nov 24, 2013
This is J-35 (5th Gen Carrier-borne Stealth Aircraft) for China's Next Aircraft Carrier (CVBG-18 and CVBG-19) currently under construction in Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai.

This article surfaced on CJDBY today. A long article, in short it said "to ensure a new generation fighter jet's maiden flight in 2021 according to schedule". and development work by 601 institute.

Suggestion by some posters on CJDBY is that this could be J35 naval fighter jet for PLAN's aircraft carrier.

[Fighting "Double Half"] A new fighter technology foundation special project of the Aeronautical Industry Comprehensive Institute goes all out to protect the node
China Aviation Research Institute Today
A new fighter technology foundation special project of the Institute is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary positive design and development task for national key model projects. This special comprehensive planning is based on MBSE standardization and "six sex" work to promote model standardization and general quality The application ability of characteristic technology is improved Since the new crown epidemic, the special team has carried out scientific resumption and production while fighting the epidemic, to ensure that the first flight of the new generation of fighters will be achieved as scheduled in 2021.
"Pause button" becomes "fast forward button"
The sudden outbreak made the whole world seem to press the pause button, and also broke the work plan of the special team. According to the original plan, the two teams of the special team-the MBSE working group and the test working group should go to the 601 after the Spring Festival to carry out work . The arrival of the epidemic caused the original business trip plan to be delayed, and finally in late March Only then successfully arrived at the client unit.
To "catch" to deliver on time. In order to recover the delayed time, the team did not hesitate to pay more time and labor costs, and sent twice as many people as originally scheduled to travel, and the cycle was extended from one week to more than one month. Zhao Zhongge is a member of the MBSE working group. As a core member of the team, he works 12 hours a day and travels for a full month on business, during which he takes a day off. The mission required a trip to two units, Shenyang 601 and 29 in Chengdu. Due to the many locations, nucleic acid testing had to be done twice during the period. After returning to Beijing, the necessary home isolation was carried out before returning to work. Another team member Chao Peng, the Chinese New Year holidays have been stranded in early April before returning to Beijing, Hubei, had just finished fourteen days of isolation, because of work, they immediately went to Shenyang, more serious outbreak in Shenyang also stick to 601 , even I haven't been able to see my newlywed wife for several months. Huang Cuihong of the test work group, stationed in Shenyang with the "997" mode for two months, patiently led the "apprentice" Liu Yang to complete the modeling and analysis of seven subsystems in a short period of high-intensity work. Recognized and praised. "Sister Huang gave me the biggest impression of patience. She always explained carefully whether she was dealing with the modeling work or the problems I raised. This time Huang sister took me to complete the simulation model, and the chief unit provided it as a model to the model. I feel so proud of studying in other units. She is my master and my role model." Liu Yang said.
Under the accelerated work of the two working groups in parallel, the construction period delayed by the epidemic was snatched back. The work that had been postponed for nearly three months was now completed on schedule. According to this state, it can be delivered on time to ensure that the first flight node of the model is not delayed.
Speed, quality
Although it is a "catch up" schedule, the quality is not compromised at all. During the epidemic, the MBSE working team clarified the technical route within two months, developed a plug-in capable of reading the model, and established a platform system and model; MBSE new technology opened up the integration of the digital environment and the positive design, forming The technical capacity reserve and support of the model have laid the foundation for the technical verification and other related work of future model applications. For the test-modeling work of 601 aircraft , the project team compiled work guides, training materials and application cases, and conducted test-modeling technical support and training for dozens of research institutes by telephone. Initially completed the testing and integration of the test model of the whole machine, and carried out test modeling and analysis for seven sub-systems such as hydraulic system and environmental control system, and evaluated the test design status of the product for subsequent equipment-level testing Sexual modeling and comprehensive diagnostic design have laid a solid foundation. Both project teams completed the phased tasks with high standards, high requirements, high efficiency, and high quality, and the delivery results were unanimously recognized by customers.
At present, when the epidemic situation has not been resolved repeatedly, there will be some difficulties and obstacles in the implementation of the special work, but the members of the project team aim to promote the improvement of the "basic" and "common" capabilities of the aviation industry. While keeping the epidemic situation under control, keep in mind the mission and go all out to ensure the completion of the annual scientific research and production tasks.

J-35 related maybe 2.JPG

Soon :enjoy:


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