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First J-20 officially equipped with Chinese domestic engines debuts in Zhuhai airshow

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China has upgraded its best stealth fighter jet with domestic-made engines
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Analysis by Brad Lendon, CNN

Updated 1027 GMT (1827 HKT) September 28, 2021

(CNN)China has finally showed off its most advanced fighter aircraft with domestic-made engines -- a significant milestone as Beijing pushes the capabilities of its J-20 stealth jets in a bid to rival the United States' F-22.

The pair of twin-engine J-20s that put on a show for crowds at Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai on Tuesday were equipped with the WS-10 engine. The WS-10 was developed by the People's Liberation Army Air Force to replace Russian engines that were in early versions of the J-20.

In June, the state-run Global Times tabloid said a unit of the J-20s equipped with the domestically developed engines had been activated in the country's northeast region, with China Central Television showing images of the planes flying in an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party.


But Tuesday marked the first time the homemade jets were revealed to the Chinese public and foreign onlookers.

A J-20 stealth fighter jet performs during the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2021 on September 28, 2021.
China first flew the twin-engine J-20 in 2011, and it was introduced to the public during a flyby at the Zhuhai airshow in November 2016. It was declared combat-ready in 2018.

Long touted as China's answer to the US F-22 -- considered the world's premier stealth fighter jet -- and F-35, analysts say the J-20 is intended to fulfill two core roles: air-to-air combat and ground attack.

A 2017 report by the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the WS-10 engines would give the J-20 low supercruise ability, meaning they could fly at supersonic speeds for prolonged periods.

In its June report, Global Times said the use of the domestic engines showed "the J-20 is becoming more and more technically mature."

"More PLA units based in different locations across the country are expected to get more J-20s, significantly enhancing the PLA Air Force's capability of safeguarding the motherland's sovereignty, airspace and development interests," the report said, citing an anonymous military expert.

 

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great that shows their confidence in the engine, this is something i honestly want us to acquire i.e. TOT for engine
 

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See any f22 demo....you'll be embarrassed calling the j20 "agile".

Do it and come back to me. Genuinely interested in what you think....
The thing with modern aircraft is the agility and maneuverability is not very important as long range weapons will decide the outcome before opposing aircraft see each other. I think PAF depends on the same logic for JF 17.
I remember a recent story when F 35 was pitted against F 16 in a dogfight F 35 lost.
 

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Well hard to compare F-22 demonstrations of flight with J-20's since J-20's hold back so much and just there to make an appearance.

F-22 demonstrations use full afterburner and completely aimed at providing show of best performance. Same with Russian ones. The J-20 flights in public always subdued and no afterburner unless recovering from slow speed. F-22 flight would use afterburner engaged at least 50% of time while J-20's flight uses 10% maybe even if that.
 

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