Chinese 'Fighternomics': PLAAF Bid for Airborne Strike Fighter Supremacy Pays Dividends
China is believed to be working towards an advanced jet that could potentially match the capabilities of the upcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), contrary to earlier projections made by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The Pentagon publicly addressed the anticipated development, citing reason to believe that the Chinese fifth-generation fighter may be operational by 2018, and would at least rival the main American fighter of today - the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
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