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 5th 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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