What China's Look-Alike Stealth Jet Means For Arms Sales
The J-31, which debuted last week amid rumors it was built from stolen F-35 blueprints, is China's attempt to grow in the international arms trade.By Ben Lawson | November 16, 2014
Last week, China debuted its J-31 stealth fighter jet at an air show in Beijing, and ever since analysts have been weighing in on what the new jet means for the country's military ambitions — and debating the rumor that it's simply a U.S. knockoff.
Chinese leaders seem intent on exporting the jet to countries trying to step up their air presence on a budget, like Pakistan, as a cheaper alternative to the American F-35. Not much is known about its capabilities at this point, but it's smaller than the F-35. (Video via CNN-IBN)
It's a move designed to help China compete in the international arms market. The Financial Times quotes an Aviation Industry Corporation of China official who said, "It is our dream to break the monopoly that foreign countries have on new-generation jet fighters. The J-31 will also be a flagship product for us in the international arms market."