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China’s upgraded J-20B stealth fighter exposes fatal weakness

By Defence View

At the Zhuhai International Airshow, China introduced an upgraded version of the J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter with the designation name J-20B. The above-mentioned heavy stealth fighter is confirmed by the Chinese manufacturer to be of the fifth generation, but not all foreign experts are ready to accept that the J-20 meet all factors of the fifth geenration fighter.

In addition to the high radar reflectance area factor, evaluating the flight demonstration of the J-20 stealth fighter at the Zhuhai International Airshow, observers said that it is easy to see that the Chinese fighter “is missing from the ground up”.

Western experts pointed out that the J-20B demonstrated all its weaknesses at the Zhuhai Air Show, which made skeptics further doubt whether it should be classified as a fifth-generation fighter.A good American expert pointed out that if it is not for the stealth coating, the J-20 is an aircraft of the 4++ generation at best and does not have super maneuverability, because the flight performances at the air show are not quite satisfactory.

Specifically, when demonstrating its maneuverability, the J-20 fighter “did not show fineness”, especially when performing some complex aerobatics in the air.

Western experts pointed out that the fighter “obviously lacks power.”In flight, the aircraft appears cumbersome and weak, especially when performing advanced maneuvers. estern experts also said that the highest maneuver was not shown, so that problems arising during the flight would not attract people’s attention. Moreover, these flight demonstrations were also carried out with the smallest payload, and there were no missiles. Is the power not enough?

Although the aerobatic maneuver was chosen so that the problems with the aircraft did not become too prominent, and the J-20 fighter carried only a minimal payload, however its disadvantages still can’t hide.

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