The stealth club just keeps on growing. China’s new mysterious jet prototype, thought to be a stealth fighter prototype to rival America’s F-22 Raptor, made its public debut just after the New Year in a series of “leaked” photos and video clips. Now, a Japanese senior military officer says Japan will test its own homegrown stealth fighter in just three years.
When pictures circulated yesterday showing China’s “secret” stealth jet taking flight, there was speculation the photos could be fake. Not anymore. Aside from Chinese President Hu Jintao’s confirmation to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the J-20 has indeed conducted its first test flight, video of the maiden voyage has surfaced as well.
Last week, pictures emerged allegedly depicting China’s new J-20 stealth aircraft undergoing taxiing tests at a test airfield near Chengdu. This week, a fresh photo of dubious authenticity shows China’s new stealth plane taking flight (maybe). So has China successfully taken its stealth technology to the skies, and if so what does that mean for the U.S. and the balance of defense tech in the Pacific.
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