Shenyang J-31 Chinese Stealth Fighter

Shenyang J-31 Chinese Stealth Fighter

 

The Shenyang J-31 is a  fifth Generation Multi-Purpose light Fighter.

It  is a twin-engine, mid-size chines Aircraft.

On 31 October 2012, prototype No. 31001 conducted the model’s maiden flight.

The J-31 was publicly unveiled on November 12, 2014, at Zhuhai Airshow.

Design

The J-31  use of twin-wheel nose landing gear led to speculations that the J-31 may have been intended to be a carrier-based fighter

. Like the F-35, the J-31 has two internal weapons bays that can each carry two medium-range missiles

Along with two heavy hard points and one light hard point on each wing, but while it seems to have added an additional light hard point to each wing over the capacity of the F-35

It seems to lack the capacity of the F-35 to mount a centerline gunnery or jamming pod.

The first two prototype of J-31 used RD-93s engines.

China is working on new engine for J-31  an improved variant named WS-13E with 100KN of thrust for use on the J-31.

The J-31 can carry 8000 kg of payload, with four munitions totaling 2000 kg internally, and 6000 kg carried on six external hardpoints

primary armaments include the PL-10 short-range missile and SD-10A medium-range air-to-air missile.

It has a combat radius of 648 nmi  and a maximum take-off weight of 25,000 kg

The J-31 is speculated to use stealth coatings instead of “baked in” fiber-mat stealth. AVIC claimed the aircraft to be stealthy against L-band and Ku-band radars and would be low-observable against a number of multi-spectrum sensors.

Specifications

Crew: one
Length: 17.3 m ;  Wingspan: 11.5 m ; Height: 4.8 m  ;Wing area: 40 m2
Max takeoff weight: 28,000 kg
Maximum speed: 2,200 km/h
Maximum speed: Mach 1.8
Combat range: 1,250 km  on internal fuel  or 2,000 kilo meters (1,200 mi) with external tanks

Shenyang J-31 Chinese Stealth Fighter

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