China has unveiled a new fighter jet that bears a striking resemblance to the U.S.’s F-35 jet.
The primary area of concern is how the components are similar – the engines, etc. This has caused major concern within the Pentagon who fear that this may be due to stolen military data.
While the U.S. still has far superior technology, this is a big sign that other countries are catching up. Check out this side by side:
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New technical specs about China’s new J-31 fighter, a plane designed to rival the American-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, popped up on a Chinese blog last week. So who has the advantage — the U.S. or China?
China’s twin-engine design bears a striking resemblance to the single-jet F-35. Still, the Joint Strike Fighter is expected to fly slightly farther and carry a heavier load of weapons, according to the data, which was first reported by Jane’s.
Military experts say that while the J-31 looks like, and may even fly like, the F-35, it’s what’s under the hood and embedded in the skin that really matters. The U.S. has the better computer software, unique sensors and other hardware, stealth coating, and engines technology—all critical attributes that make fifth-generation aircraft different than the military jets of last century.