After the completion of the test flight of the sixth J-20 prototype known as 2015, it is expected to take a further two to three years for the fighter to enter service. It is the job of the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute to decide what kind of aircraft the J-20 should become in the future. Earlier predictions said the J-20 may be developed as a carrier-based stealth fighter, but Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s J-31 seems more suitable for that role.
The J-20 is likely to be designed in three variants. First, it may be a two-seat multirole fighter. Second, it could be fitted with the domestically built WS-15 engine to become the J-20A fighter. Finally, it could also become China’s first stealth bomber due to its large size and capacity to carry a greater payload.
Full article: J-20 may become China’s future stealth bomber: Duowei (Want China Times)