Monday 30 September 2019

Shenyang J-31 Stealth Fighter Specs, Cockpit, and Price

Shenyang J-31 Stealth Fighter Specs, Cockpit, and Price – Shenyang J-31 or FC-31 is a fifth generation, multi-role twin-engine stealth fighter produced by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation affiliated with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). This is the second stealth fighter aircraft that was developed native after the J-20.

J-31 fighter jets are intended to provide advanced defense capabilities in close air support, air bombardment and air ban operations. It can also suppress enemy air defenses and can be used as aircraft carrier based aircraft. The initial operational capability of the aircraft is expected in 2020.

Prototype J-31 made its maiden flight on 31 October 2012. The aircraft model was exhibited at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) which was held in Zhuhai in November 2012.

Shenyang J-31 Stealth Fighter

Shenyang J-31 Specs

The Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter is a medium-sized fighter and has an inverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) design with bumps and front inlet covers. The fuselage combines a pair of low aspect ratio trapezoid planform wings with a titanium spar. Each wing has a 35 ° stroke and the stealth design offers a reduced radar cross section (RCS).

The chined J-31 fuselage incorporates a pair of tail planes. The rear edge of the fuselage is hinged with two vertical stabilizers. A steering wheel is mounted on each stabilizer to control the movement of the aircraft. This aircraft is equipped with a tricycle landing gear. The nose landing gear wheel consists of double wheels, while the main landing gear has a ogle dogleg ’structure.

Overall, the Shenyang J-31 fighter has a length of 16.9 m, a height of about 4.8 m, and a wing span of 11.5 m. An empty weight of around 17 tons and a maximum takeoff weight of 25 tons. The aircraft can do missions at medium and low altitudes.

Shenyang J-31 Engine

The J-31 stealth fighter is powered by two RD-93 turbofan afterburning engines developed by the Russian company JSC Klimov. Each engine produces 84 kN thrust. The propulsion system also has a fixed hidden nozzle.

The maximum speed that can be achieved by Shenyang J-31 is around 2,200 km/ h and will offer a maximum range of more than 2,000 km when equipped with an external fuel tank. The aircraft service ceiling is around 20,000 m.

Shenyang J-31 cockpit

Shenyang J-31 Cockpit and Avionics

The J-31 fighter is operated by a single pilot. The cockpit is enclosed by a transparent two-part canopy to give pilots increased visibility.

Shenyang J-31 is equipped with sophisticated avionics, including multifunctional displays, helmet mounted vision, electro-optical targeting systems (EOTS), attitude director indicators (ADI), and advanced sensors and communication systems.

Shenyang J-31 specs

Shenyang J-31 Weapons

The J-31 stealth fighter can be equipped with one internal cannon, two internal weapons bays inside the aircraft and three hard payload points on each of the two wings. Each internal weapon chamber can hold up to two missiles.

Shenyang J-31 Price

The price of the latest Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter is around US $ 70 Million.

1 comment:

  1. Impressive. China's military technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the last 3 decades and in some areas they are perhaps a little ahead of the US and Russia. Though the West may want to pretend China's advanced military prowess does not necessarily alarm them, deep inside they are are actually showing discomfort. This, especially when China was able to shoot down its disused satellite 100 miles in space through a ballistic missile. The disquiet is there because US military satellites are orbiting Earth at 100 miles in space and are being threatened should the US and China go to war.