J-20’s chief designer speaks on improvements to aircraft

J-20 at Airshow China 2016

The chief designer of the J-20, Yang Wei, told China Daily in an exclusive interview during the sidelines of the 13th National People’s Congress that the stealth fighter will be modernized to gain new capabilities.

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“We are not complacent about what we have achieved. We will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities. At the same time, we will think about our next-generation combat plane to meet the nation’s future requirements,” Yang was quoted as saying.

Yang said it will be a multi-role aircraft but executing those new missions will depend on the jet’s “production and deployment scale.”

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