May 05, 2009
The PRC's top admiral Wu Shengli claims a supercruising fighter aircraft - the J-XX or an advanced J-10 - is a priority for the PLAN. Sounds like a great time to cancel the Raptor.
Importantly, Wu lists a supercruising fighter among a series of technological demands that all look quite achievable for the Chinese navy over the next decade or so, suggesting that he does not regard such flight performance as a pie in the sky.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 5, 2009 07:54 AM
Presumably they have reviewed the F-35 specs at a high level and determined that manoeuvre beats fancy BVR avionics. Just as it did 30 years ago.