China Tests 5th-Generation Fighter Jet FC-31 Gyrfalcon (Download PDF)

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The newest version of twin-engine FC-31 took to the air for the first time recently. It is considered as China’s answer to the US F-35, the world’s most technically advanced fighter. China has successfully tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-31 (now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon).

A J-31 stealth fighter of the Chinese People's Liberation Army

A J-31 Stealth Fighter of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

A J-31 stealth fighter of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

Key Facts

  • The newest version of the J-31 - now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon.
  • The jet is China’s answer to the US F-35, the world’s most technically advanced fighter.
  • It is the world’s most technically advanced fighter.
  • The aircraft can easily carry 8 tons of weapons, holding six missiles in its internal weapons bay, plus another six under its wings.
  • The new fighter boasts a number of improvements over the previous one.
  • Another aircraft expert told the China Daily that the new FC-31 has been equipped with an electro-optical targeting system and helmet-mounted display.
  • It is worth around $70 million.
  • Fifth-generation fighter jet currently available on the market is the US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a single-engine combat aircraft designed to perform ground attack and air defense missions.
Common Design Elements of 5<sup>th</sup> Generation Fighter

Common Design Elements of 5th Generation Fighter

Common Design Elements of 5th Generation Fighter

- Published/Last Modified on: December 26, 2016

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