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Is the J-20 A Copy of F-35?

Is the J-20 A Copy of F-35?

Modern Military

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.

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron from March ARB, Calif., May 14, 2013 off the coast of Northwest Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint graduate flying and maintenance training wing that trains Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/Released)

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.

The first F-35A prototype, AA-1, being towed to its inauguration ceremony on 7 July 2006
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.

X-35B flying over Edwards Air Force Base
An F-35 wind tunnel testing model in 16-foot (5 m) transonic wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center
(From the top) F-35A of the 33rd FW, F-35B of VMFAT-501. In addition F-35C of VFA-101 near Eglin AFB, 2014
Note the sawtooth design on the landing gear door and access panels
F-35’s helmet-mounted display.

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.

Lastly, F-35 cockpit simulator
Is the J-20 A Copy of F-35?