In China, Jan. 11 fighter began flight tests of the fifth-generation Chengdu J-20 ("Jian-20", it — the "Black Eagle"). "Chinese stealth "is comparable to a large tactical combat plane aerodynamic configuration "duck" with a huge delta wings and all-moving horizontal tail front (CSSC).
Properties of the machine are classified, but we can say that the length of the aircraft — 23-24 meter wingspan — 15-16 meters. The biggest take-off weight up to 40 tons. Experts argue quite a lot about the Russian installed on the aircraft engines or their own production. "Of course, they use our engine, Russian, — The director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov. — Because until they do own a reliable engine even fourth generation, we're not talking about the fifth, which will provide a cruising super sounds, it's like before the game will be the mind of Chinese engineers. Chinese patriots would be to post his picture on the Web, but it is plane, who can not fight. "
"The fighter aircraft engine set made in China — WS-10 (" Taihang ") in the upgraded version" — says, in turn, editor in chief of the analytical Military News Agency Kanwa Andrew Chan.
It also discusses different versions of the combat mission machines. One by one — is a stealth strike aircraft with long range and duration of the flight to patrol remote marine areas, the main task of which are covert strikes on aircraft carriers. According to the second version, the "Black Eagle" more "locked up" under the intercept bombers, aircraft, remote radar (AEW), transport aircraft and air tankers enemy at great distances.
By the way, the first flight of the layout of the next generation fighter aircraft occurred during the stay in China U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In Beijing, he had to remove the dissatisfaction of the Chinese side with new supplies of U.S. military equipment to Taiwan, which is considered an integral part of the Government of China. With all this, the U.S. already has fighter fifth generation — the multi-purpose F-22 "Raptor." By September 2010 the company produced 166 F-22 aircraft.
Own fighter fifth generation has and Russia. More precisely — while tests are conducted promising aviation complex tactical aircraft (multi-purpose fighter) T-50. The first flight of the most advanced Russian military machine was held on 29 January last year to aviation production association, which is part of the holding "Dry" in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On arming the aircraft will arrive in 2015.
Chinese "Eagle" by the promises of its creators will be adopted in the 2017-2019 years. However, some experts believe that it is, given the pace of development of the Chinese defense industry can happen before — also on the horizon in 2015. In other words, "Jian-20" is a particular danger to the Russian defense industry.
Naturally, this threat is not military temper, and economic. Copying Russian Su-27 under the title J11B, China has already started to supplant Russia on the international arms markets. Pakistan buys Chinese fighters, there are reports intrigued Iran, Myanmar and the Philippines. In the future, experts predict the loss of Russian military aviation markets, Venezuela and Syria. "The new fighter fully capable of making konkurentnst Russian producers in the international market, as it will be much cheaper, "- said the chief agency Kanwa.
Meanwhile, the specific aircraft is the backbone of Russia's arms exports revenue. Thus, according to director of the Center for Analysis of World Trade instrument (TSAMTO) Igor Korotchenko, in 2011, our home will sell for a limit weapon and military equipment worth more than $ 10.14 billion (second largest in the world). And the fraction of aircraft (first place in the structure of the military exports) in this volume will be $ 3,384,000,000 (second place is occupied by naval equipment — $ 2,103,000,000). So Makar, wittingly or unwittingly China on course for the upcoming replacement of the Russian Federation with sverhtehnologichny international markets.
You can not say that the threat remains unnoticed in the Kremlin and Russian plans for the Chinese defense industry is nothing to answer. According to the deputy manager of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko, an export version of the Russian fighter's fifth generation T-50/FGFA will be offered on the world market in 2018-2020. In December 2010, during the visit to India of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a contract for preliminary design an Indian version of the fighter, and this is the version will be offered for export.
In general, at this point the main danger for the Russian military aircraft industry is the development of unmanned systems. Our home here makes only the first timid steps, and the lag can be called critical.