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Airshow China: FC-31 fighter makes debut

11th November 2014 - 09:51 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Zhuhai, China

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The FC-31 fighter, a developmental platform from the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), is participating in flying displays at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. 

Widely known as the J-31, the aircraft’s presence is a major step forward from the 1:4 scale model exhibited at the same show two years earlier, and demonstrates speed and confidence in the aircraft’s development.

The FC-31 is designated as a ‘fourth-generation multipurpose medium fighter, demonstrating a progression from China’s third-generation J10 fighter aircraft. 

However, the fact that AVIC describes it as fourth generation is an admission that its engines, radar and stealth characteristics are not as …

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