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Photos of China's fourth J-20 fighter prototype come to light
Central News Agency
2014-07-16 11:32 PM
Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Chinese communist party's media released photos Wednesday that appear to show a fourth prototype of China's next-generation J-20 stealth fighter conducting taxiing tests. Web site huanqiu.com said the new prototype, dubbed No. 2012, looks identical to the previous prototype, No. 2011, indicating that more prototypes of the fifth-generation fighter could be in production. Noting that the U.S. conducted tests of its F-22 fighter on 11 prototypes jets which flew 4,583 hours of test flights, the report estimated that China will need 10 prototypes of the J-20 for test missions. The prototypes could be all ready by the end of next year, it added. Despite the relative lack of data on the J-20, the communist party-run Web site took the opportunity to put down longtime rival Japan by comparing it to Mitsubishi ATD-X stealth fighter under development. The J-20 has "once again proven that China's development of stealth fighter jets has left Japan far behind," it claimed. (By Charles Kang and Lilian Wu)
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