China Moves Ahead To Develop Sixth-Generation Strike Stealth Fighter


China is moving ahead to develop a sixth-generation stealth fighter
after it finishes the fifth-generation J-20 and J-31, Igor Korotchenko,
head of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, has told Voice of Russia.

The United States is the first nation to forge plans for the design
of a sixth-generation fighter. Several artist renditions have already
been revealed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. In an official statement,
the US Navy claimed that a sixth-generation fighter — called FAXX — will
replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler by 2030. A
source from the US military said that the Department of Defense has
already prepared a budget for the development of FAXX in 2015.

Russia has recently gotten on board with its own next generation
fighter program
, said Andrei Grigoryev, the head of the Foundation for
Advanced Military Research. The real “secondnd place,” however, has to
go to China in the race, said Korotchenko. A research team was
established in northeastern China’s Shenyang much earlier than Russia
for the country’s 6th-gen program

China is the only nation capable of designing two types of
fifth-generation fighters in such a short period of time. With
experience gained from the development of the J-20 and J-31, China has
enough resources to carry out its next-gen program. China’s next fighter
is likely to be an unmanned aerial vehicle, said Korotchenko.

While the definition of “sixth-generation” is not clear yet, most
believe such an aircraft must be equipped with a laser or railgun.