Some observations

Graphics and images confirm China’s continuing path to copy and develop designs that are similar to American aircraft and not European or Russian design philosophy. Some might argue that’s evidence of theft, but can also be the result of simple reverse engineering since so many images of American aircraft exist from every angle.

One thing that likely separates American military aircraft technology from any foreign copies is the American advanced technology built into each that hasn’t yet shown up elsewhere. Examples are the F-35 virtual reality that enables “looking through” the aircraft in every direction which negates the high hump behind the cockpit but would be a problem for traditional aircraft that depend on unobstructed sightlines. It’s interesting to see the Chinese adopt a modified diamond wingform for fighters which is almost uniquely used by American designs. It’s interesting that Chinese experimental designs have relatively small canted tail surfaces, the F-22 needs enormous, almost overly large surfaces with its vertical only thrust vectoring, but there is strong speculation that omnidirectional thrust vectoring like what the Chinese and Russians implement can do away with vertical tail surfaces completely.

There has been speculation that by the time any smaller next generation aircraft enters service, the WS-15 may be ready to replace the WS-10 engine.
The new experimental aircraft like other current Chinese and Russian aircraft are much larger than American planes, the advantage is a larger internal weapons bay supporting more capable missiles and more fuel for longer range but may make the plane less stealthy and takes up more space on a carrier. Since for the forseeable future greater range may not be the highest priority in Chinese aircraft design if missions will likely be closer to the Chinese homeland, this may be an indication of an area China lacks technology.

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