Just a year ago, Chinese authorities hinted that their future aircraft carriers equipped with catapults would implement a naval version of the J-20 fighter which equips the country's air force. However, several Chinese aviation industry experts doubted this statement, and claimed that it would be a derivative version of the Shenyang FC-31 stealth fighter that would arm these ships. Over the month, several redundant information have come to give substance to these suspicions, even giving it a name, the J-35.
There is very little information available on the subject, and for good reason, as China is not particularly keen on making it a media topic, at least for the moment. One can only extrapolate information from the two FC-31 prototypes, one of which took part in the Dubai Airshow in 2015. Thus, unlike the J-20, the J-35 would be an average fighter, with a maximum takeoff weight of the 25 to 28 ton class, where the J-20, in its land base operated version, exceeds 36 tons. The J-35 would therefore operate in the same category as the French Rafale or the American F35C, allowing more aircraft to be used from the limited space of a hangar and a door flight deck. -planes. Like the French aircraft, it is based on a twin-engine architecture, more robust in maritime overflight, but like the American aircraft, it was designed for optimized stealth, although it will probably not achieve that of the Lighting II.
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