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MiG Denies Stealth Technology Transfer To China For J-20 Fighter

China’s J-20 Black Eagle Stealth Fighter Jet

China’s J-20 Black Eagle Stealth Fighter Jet
Russia has never transferred any stealth technology to China to assist
it with its J-20 Black Eagle fifth-generation stealth fighter prototype,
Russian plane maker MiG said.
“We are not delivering any equipment to China, and never have,” MiG spokeswoman Yelena Fyodorova said.

MiG’s statement follows claims in the Russian and foreign press last
week that China’s J-20, unveiled over six months ago, is based on
technology and components from the Russian Mikoyan Article 1.44, a
stealth technology demonstrator aircraft, development of which was
suspended.

Some analysts say the aircraft have close similarities.

China’s J-20 Black Eagle Stealth Fighter Jet

China’s J-20 Black Eagle Stealth Fighter Jet

“The back end of the J-20 looks awfully like the 1.44, as does the
overall layout with delta canards,” said Douglas Barrie, an air warfare
specialist at the London-based International Institute of Strategic
Studies.

“If it’s a coincidence, it’s a striking one. Russia may have provided
technical support, but there is nothing substantial to prove that.
China has however relied on Russia for much of its defense procurement
for a decade and a half,” he added.

China’s J-20 Black Eagle is thought to be conceptually similar to the
U.S. F-22 Raptor and the Russian T-50 jets, but is likely to be just a
technology demonstrator or prototype rather than a viable fighter.

Mig-144 Fighter Jet

China has been working on a future fighter program since the
mid-1990s, but the J-20 is not expected to enter service before
2018-2020.

Earlier in the month, Mikhail Pogosyan, the head of Russia’s United
Aircraft Corporation said that China’s fifth-generation fighter program
is more for effect than substance and branded the maiden flight as a
“show-off.”

China relied on the Soviet Union for much of its aviation technology
until the Sino-Soviet split after 1961. China then carried on developing
copies of Soviet and Russian aircraft.

Beijing also relies on Russian engines, radars and electronic
components for many of its other aircraft, such as the JF-17 fighter it
developed jointly with Pakistan.

“We are not delivering any equipment to China, and never have,” MiG spokeswoman Yelena Fyodorova said.

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