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According to the Chinese publication Global Times, citing a report from the PRC aviation industry, in 2021 the first flight of a new combat aircraft should take place. Its development is led by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) – a state-owned company engaged in the production of civil and military aircraft.
There is almost no data on the new aircraft: according to analysts, we can talk about a deck for Chinese aircraft carriers. The car can be developed on the basis of Shenyang FC-31 – the prototype of the fifth-generation Chinese fighter, which made its first flight back in 2012. According to data from open sources, only two such aircraft have been built today.
They have been talking about the possible transformation of the FC-31 into a deck for a long time: earlier, however, it was nothing more than rumors. Recall that now the Chinese fleet operates Shenyang J-15 – a carrier-based fighter built on the basis of the Soviet Su-33 (sometimes the Chinese aircraft is called the “copy” of the Sukhoi).
We also note that China already has one fifth-generation fighter in service – Chengdu J-20. It was presented to the general public back in 2016.
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