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China tests 5th generation stealth fighter

China’s state of the art J-20 stealth fighter

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.

*Source: Sputnik News