As of yet, we have not been overly impressed with stealth fighters for the reasons described here. When combined with available historical evidence (including the "unseen" attacker) - stealth fighter (fighter) technology does not stand up to (inductive/deductive) critical analysis, particularly against a modern multi-sensor aerial opponent with DFRM and helmet-sighting (unobstructed fields of view for missile seeker heads ) – for which no stealth fighter in existence today - has been tested, evaluated, or pitted against - in any authentic manner.
Assurances from stealth fighter proponents that under actual combat conditions the merge ("the dogfight") can be avoided because of stealth advantages - is pure nonsense. Here is yet another reason why.
The emphasis on radio-spectrum-airfoils (stealth) for fighters and for reduced drag - can force:
- Internal weapon bays / carriage restrictions.
- Reduced space for internal fuel.
- Which force increased aircraft size / or the use of external tanks.
- All bad for "the element of surprise" Stealths hallmark feature.
[Below] Lockheed's F-35 (JSF). [Above] Note vertical tails of J-20.
How stealth fighters using only radar (only radar) - overcome the paradox of defeating the same electromagnetic radio-energy they need to detect targets, and for their own communication/coordination / identification-friend-or-foe (and in weather) - has not been addressed in any serious way. In wartime, these issues will emerge – too late for stealth-fighter-aircrews already strapped in their cockpits.
[Above ] J-20 [Below] The MiG-1.44.
[Above] MiG-1.44 [Below] The J-20.
Global aircraft development trends are nothing new. In the early 1950s, most fighter/interceptors aircraft were designed only to use air-to-air missiles. Guns at the time were seen as totally unneeded. Later this would be recognized as an ill-advised miscalculation by the global design community. Guns were (re)fitted sometimes hastily so - to all later aircraft.
[Below] Lockheed's F-35 JSF. Note similar DSI intake design on J-20 to aircraft like F-35. Note J-20 shiny nose tip.
[Below] The authenticity of this chart is unknown. The aircraft circled in green appears to be J-20. Of perhaps greater interest - we count no less than seven (7) examples of the Russian Flanker-series aircraft. In addition, the aircraft depicted just below J-20 is a previously unknown type. Could there soon be unauthorized (not authorized by Russia) Flanker-class proliferation by the Chinese J-11b into South Asia?Your thoughts?
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