Is the J-20 A Copy of F-35?
China claims that the two are not the same jet.
However, when you dig just a little deeper, than beyond the surface it appears that China has completely copied the F-35.
China has a long history of stealing (at worst) or mirroring (at best) U.S. designs. Primarily that of the F-35 really stands out. The theft is just brutally apparent. To the point that it is nearly laughable. However, this is far from an unfamiliar subject. China tries to steal every weapon & technological design available. We spoke with a member of the US Missile Defense force who told us that Chinese spies will try and break into their computers once a day. Ever so often their faxes will become inundated with Chinese porn and comic books.
While some reports suggest that this similarity is a result of espionage, there are always slight differences that “dispel” these claims.
Such as the fact that the J-20 — as similar as it is to the F-35 — is lower, wider and longer. However, how much difference really exists between the J-20 and the F-35? Moreover, really very little beyond the cosmetic.
Of course, we could never get a straight answer, as to the similarity to the F-35. Is the difference 1%, 3%? We would need to inspect the J-20 which will never occur.