J-31 could bring one-two punch to China’s air power: expert

A test flight of the Shenyang J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter. (Internet photo)

 

China’s mysterious fifth-generation J-31 stealth fighter jet, set to make its debut later this month, could form a lethal tandem with the country’s existing J-15 carrier-based fighter aircraft, says a Chinese military expert.

The J-31, also known as “Gyrfalcon,” or Falcon Hawk by some military enthusiasts, is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. The jet, set to make its debut at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition on Nov. 16, has already been seen performing test flights and stunts after arriving at the city of Zhuhai in south China’s Guangdong province ahead of the event. Continue reading

China to be UAV market leader in 10 years: Russian report

China will become the world’s largest manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles within the next decade, according to a report from Russia’s Military-Industrial Courier.

Citing industry analysts, the report also said Chinese arms dealers will account for about half the world’s UAV market by that time as well. Continue reading