China’s J-20 carrier-based jet fighter influenced by US – not Soviet – thinking, designer says squib

As tensions between Beijing and Washington continue to rise, China’s military aircraft designers are racing to develop a next-generation fighter jet for use on the nation’s aircraft carriers capable of competing with their American rivals.The two contenders are Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI), which is working on a modified version of its J-20, and Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, which is adapting its FC-31.While both aircraft have been in development for many years, CADI’s chief…
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