Chief designer based fighter J-15 Song Con (Sun Cong) in an interview with Xinhua on March 2 said that the establishment of this aircraft was a breakthrough in the development, because to him to make excessive demands than to land-based aircraft. J-15 makes a landing on the deck arresting gear cables to braking, and soars with rather short distances using a springboard.
Properties of the power plant are the «key» for the aircraft, said Song. «If we halve fuel consumption, combat radius of the aircraft will increase significantly,» he said.
Sun is also the main designer of the new fighter J-31 (pictured). He expressed hope that the J-31 in a pair with another promising combat aircraft of the latest generation J-20 will increase the power of China’s military aviation. Sun also hopes that the upgraded version of J-31 will be followed by generation of Chinese carrier-based fighters.
Currently, a group of designers led by major technology-soon exploring the next generation of fighters.