Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Not Stealth...Just A Yellowstream Media Credibility Challenge

BEIJING—The first clear pictures of what appears to be a Chinese stealth fighter prototype have been published online, highlighting China's military buildup just days before U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads to Beijing to try to repair defense ties.

U.S. officials played down Chinese advances on the plane, which American intelligence agencies believe will likely be operational around 2018. "We are aware that the Chinese have recently been conducting taxi tests and there are photos of it," said Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan. "We know they are working on a fifth-generation fighter but progress appears to be uneven."
Col. Lapan said it appears the Chinese are still seeking engines for a fourth-generation fighter from Russia, an indication that they are "still encountering problems" with development work toward the fifth-generation aircraft, the J-20. 

Yawn. By the time the Chinese have anything more than a mock-up that gives good taxi, we'll be into our next generation of stealth aircraft. We know this, the Chinese know this, and were they to have anything that wouldn't make them look stupid they'd be showing it off rather than playing runway-tag.

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