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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.

For the Chinese navy, one advantage of supercruising would be the ability to cover a large defensive area in less time -- quite useful if the imagined target is a U.S. carrier group at long range.

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.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 6, 2009 03:21 AM