Oct 7, 2013
Photo of J-20 with PL-13 missiles released for PRC national day
Known by Western media as Fire Fang, the J-20 "Weilong" inaugurates China as the third country in the world to operate stealth fighter after the United States and Russia. The new photos clearly indicate that the Chengdu Aviation Industry designed the J-20 as a competitor against the US F-22 and Russian T-50 in future aerial combat.
The Weilong is being modified for carrier-based combat as well. The primary mission of this new version of J-20 will be hunting F-35 the US F-35 and allied fighters in the Asia-Pacific region.
With the ability to reach hypersonic speeds of Mach 5, the PL-13 missile can run down virtually every aircraft in the world, said the Party-run Global Times. The J-20s current deficiencies, such as its weaker engine, will be fixed in the near future.