-By Bhagavan Hindustani
The state-run mouthpiece of CCP “Global Times”, recently reported that J20 participated in an exercise with other jets of PLAAF and scored a 17:0 victory against opponents. The fighter jet, that does not have enough power in engines, compromised stealth characteristics with canards, and limited electronic warfare capability defeated frontline PLAAF jets 17:0. This is a real testimony of the current fleet and skills of PLAAF fighter jets and pilots.
India recently inducted Rafales into the IAF on July 29 which landed at Ambala air force base and were even spotted practicing night flying in the mountainous terrain of Himachal Pradesh along with Meteor and Scalp missiles. Rafales are probably the most advanced fighter in the South East Asian rim and China and Pakistan were worried alike.
Top Indian air force officials reiterated that the Rafales are staying away from LAC to prevent the Chinese from identifying their working frequencies and radar cross-section. Though Rafales have programmable signal processors (PSP) which can be programmed and can change the signal frequencies. Nevertheless, Rafale is deployed in an active role in the region.
Probably in response to this event, China deployed J-20, the so-called “Fifth-generation fighter” near the Ladakh border. The story goes like this. On August 18th, satellite images spotted two J-20s which were stationed on the Hotan airbase in the Uighur autonomous region of Xinjiang province in China. Whenever a country deploys its state-of-the-art jet fighters near to borders, they are actually deployed in a shroud of secrecy so that the enemy doesn’t get an idea about their deployment and they will have an element of surprise when they are willing to counter-attack.
In this case, however, the jets were placed outside hangers right under the satellites so the propaganda wing can utilize this as a big propaganda tool. China wanted the J-20s to get photographed by Indian and western satellites. The attempt from china was to project power and play mind games with the Indian air force. The Indian airforce on other hand has deployed Su30, Mig 29, and Mirage 2000 near the Ladakh area, the force looks poised to face any eventuality.
China does not want to leave any stone unturned. Point to be noted is that the deployed aircraft is J-20 A and not the more advanced J-20 B which has thrust-vectoring engines and other improvements over the current A variant. China also deployed H-6 bombers and KD-63 cruise missiles too at Kashgar, which is also in Xinjiang.
Satellite images of J-20
According to the Chinese experts, the aircraft has unmatched capabilities, designed for long-range deep penetration strikes. The experts also claim that the stealth nature of the aircraft makes it tough for ground and other systems to detect.
But it’s a known fact that stealth aircraft like F35, F22 Raptor, and Su57 are low observable but not invisible. The stealth aircraft are vulnerable to L band radars and Indian integrated radar systems are waiting for those bulky Chinese machines to take an imprint of those.
What this deployment means for India?
This deployment means that China is not ready to take any chances against India in the on-going faceoff in the Ladakh region. This deployment is also a tool for the Chinese to propagate propaganda against Indian deployment. The J20 is a good attempt but its far from a real fifth-generation fighter jet “at least as of now”. If the fighter jet in its unfinished version can take on the Chinese frontline fighter jet 17:0 then the Indian airforce will not mind taking on those jets.
Thank you, Global times
The Chinese state-run media tried running propaganda using around J20, as per the claims
“Despite being heavily outnumbered, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) pilot scored a 17:0 victory against opponents with a newly commissioned fighter jet in a recent combat exercise. Many clues suggest that the aircraft the pilot flew was likely the J-20, China’s most advanced stealth fighter jet. If the speculation turns out to be true, the exercise result again demonstrated the absolute superiority the J-20 has over its previous generation counterparts, media and experts said on Tuesday. Indian media previously hyped that India’s newly purchased Rafale fighter jets, which are one generation older than the J-20, were better than the Chinese aircraft.”Global times
This article from global times helps to decode the fear of china around Indian Rafale. The Jets which are equipped best in class meteor air to air missile and scalp long-range standoff precision air to the ground weapon is of course a reason to worry….
Once again thank you “Global Times” for bring this out…..