India’s acquisition of the French-made Rafales was touted by many as a ‘game-changer’, but could the emergence of China’s fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighters be a spoilsport? Experts have varied opinions.
Even before India’s acquisition of the French fighters last year, there had been a lot of talk of the Rafale being pitted against the J-20, considered China’s most advanced fighter to date.
Now, in view of the ongoing standoff between the two nations in the Himalayas, there has been speculation as to how the Indian Rafales with their air superiority could probably cause problems for the Chinese defenses.
According to Pakistani Air Vice Marshal Shahzad Chaudhry (retired), it would instead be the Chinese fifth-generation fighter jet, which will carry the biggest threat in the region.
“J-20 is really a big game-changer for our region. It would introduce new technology and induct new capabilities in the region for the first time,” said Chaudhry was while speaking to The Express Tribune.
The Chengdu J-20 is a single-seat, twinjet, all-weather multirole stealth fighter, which is considered China’s answer to the fifth-generation fighter jets like the Lockheed Martin stealthy pair of F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptors.