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China Surpasses Russia in Total Number of 5th Generation Stealth Fighter

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The Chengdu J-20 is a stealth, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft prototype being developed by Chengdu Aerospace Corporation for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Chengdu’s J-20 stealth fighter represents the pinnacle of China’s aerospace engineering, but its existence and development have posed mysteries since the unexpected appearance of the first prototype at the end of 2010, followed in May 2012 by the debut of a second, similar aircraft. The past few months, however, have seen the first flights of a pair of significantly different J-20s, identified by the serial Nos. 2011 and 2012.


  • March 1, 2014, around 12:00, No. 2011 J-20 fighter made successful first flight and landed at 12:30
  • March 2, 2014, one fifth-generation fighter J -20 successful maiden flight of 2011, marking the development of China’s J-20 fighter usher in a new phase.
  • In July 2014, a number of 2012’s domestic stealth fighter J-20 were taxiing tests. Some netizens captured the frame number 2012 J-20.
  • November 29, 2014, No. 2013 prototype J-20 aircraft factory in Chengdu had a successful maiden flight
  • China’s fifth generation fighter J-20 prototype December 19, 2014, serial number is “2015,” the successful completion of the first flight.

  • According to Chinese media Prototype 2014 also exists and will be unveiled soon.

Russia in comparison was not able to make headway into T50 program in 2014. There were 5 T50 technology demonstrators with the Russians one of which caught fire on June 10 when an Indian delegation was a a demonstration visit.

Russia T-50  caught on fire, June 10th, during a flight
Russia T-50 caught on fire, June 10th, during a flight

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