China carried out its first test-flight of a fifth-generation stealth fighter in January. "It was more a demonstration than a real program," Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Russian United Aircraft Corporation, said. The Chinese aircraft industry is developing successfully but it lacks what is required for a breakthrough, he said.
"There will be no breakthroughs here. Great scale and great experience are needed to carry out such programs," Pogosyan said.
Russia is testing its own fifth-generation aircraft T-50 PAK FA developed by the Sukhoi design bureau. The aircraft is expected to become operational in 2015.
China's prototype Black Silk J-20 stealth fighter is thought to be similar to the U.S. F-22 Raptor and the Russo-Indian T-50 jets, although imagery and video footage appearing on the internet suggested the Chinese model is larger. This means it could be capable of flying a longer range and carrying a heavier load.
China has been working on a future fighter program since the mid-1990s, and the J-20 is notionally anticipated to enter service around 2018-2020.
Long time ago Robert Fulghum said:
… It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber. …