|A J-31 stealth fighter of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force © Alex Lee / Reuters
China has successfully tested a homemade stealth fighter of the fifth generation called FC-31 Gyrfalcon, sources in the aviation industry told a local newspaper on Monday.
The improved version of what was earlier known as the J-31 made its maiden flight at the weekend in the northeastern city of Shenyang, the China Daily reported.
The flight test comes four years after the initial prototype took to the skies in 2012 and stayed airborne for 11 minutes.
An Aviation Industry Corp official confirmed the test but declined to give any details.
The daily reported the state-of-the-art aircraft appeared to be stealthier and had enhanced electronics and a larger payload capacity, while its new lean frame made the FC-31 lighter and more maneuverable.
The state-of-the-art J-20 fifth-generation jet fighter is a key part of the Chinese air force.
According to Chinese military expert, Li Li, the J-20 could possibly break the US monopoly on fifth-generation fighters.
During a recent interview with CCTV, the military expert said that the Chinese jet fighter may exert an even bigger influence than the American F-22 Raptor.
Li Li further said that although the American F-22 Raptor is the first fifth-generation fighter commissioned in an air force, its performance is not satisfactory.
She said that the J-20 and Russia’s T-50 will possibly manage to break the Western monopoly and that the J-20 could have a more significant influence than its Western counterparts.
Chinese officials maintain that the J-20 will be exclusive to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
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