Threats exist, if they did not we would have no need to develop our own defenses. The United States is developing the F-35 meanwhile, China is creating the Chengdu J-20. The Chinese Government is being incredibly quiet about their new weapon of war and it doesn’t look too friendly. The Chinese Air Force is claiming the jet can destroy the F-22 and F-35 in a dogfight.
“The J-20 soars at a top speed of 1,305MPH (2,100kmh) and features a stealth design comparable to Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Lightning II although with far fewer reported technical setbacks and safety concerns. The J-20’s weapons are carried internally, with a central bay believed to contain four beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) as well as two short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs).”
The U.S. Government revealed that in 2009 information from the F-35 program had been compromised by the Chinese. The loss of these plans may have aided in the development of the J-20. Details about the J-20 are scarce, however, the Chinese Air Force will not be selling the plane to other nations. The J-20 will see an official launch in 2019 when that happens will our Air Force be in trouble?