Is China’s J-31 Stealth Fighter Going Navy All The Way?


A Chinese CCTV news program about the life of late Lou Yang, who oversaw the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter project, briefly (6:01) showed a model of the Shenyang J-31 Falcon Eagle stealth fighter armed with anti-ship missiles. They do look like the YJ-82 Eagle Strike (C-802), which is a standard anti-ship missile used by both the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the PLA Navy Air Force. Though it is a only model, it does appear on the desk of an AVIC/CATIC boss. There have been suggestions, no evidence, that the J-31 could be a candidate as a navalized fighter, perhaps even for future aircraft carriers now in production. Additional photographs have appeared in the past of other models, see below, and are intriguing.

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