A pair of twin-engine J-20 stealth jets displayed in front of a crowd at the China Airshow held in the southern city of Zhuhai on Tuesday (28/9/2021) are equipped with WS-10 engines. The WS-10 engine was developed by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLA) to replace the existing Russian engine in early versions of the J-20. CNN.
In June, China’s state-run tabloid Global Times said a J-20 equipped with a domestically developed engine had been activated in the northeast region of the country, with China Central Television showing an image of the plane flying at an event marking the anniversary. the 100th Communist Party.
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But today marks the first time the homemade jet has been revealed to the Chinese public and foreign audiences.
China first flew the twin-engine J-20 in 2011, and was introduced to the public during a flyby at the Zhuhai air show in November 2016. The aircraft was declared combat ready in 2018.
Long touted as China’s answer to the US F-22, considered the world’s premier stealth fighter, and the F-35, analysts say the J-20 is meant to fulfill two core roles: air-to-air combat and ground attack.
A 2017 report by the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the WS-10 engine would provide the J-20 with low supercruise capability, meaning it could fly at supersonic speeds for extended periods of time.
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