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Rupprecht A, Jun-2013. A Falcon Follows the Dragon - Shenyang's Gyrfalcon Spreads its Wings, Combat Aircraft Vol. 14 No. 6

Rupprecht A, Jun-2013. A Falcon Follows the Dragon - Shenyang's Gyrfalcon Spreads its Wings, Combat Aircraft Vol. 14 No. 6

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Published by: Foro Militar General on May 20, 2013
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Arguably even more surprisingthan the unveiling and rstfight o the Chengdu J-20almost two years earlier, theShenyang Aircrat Corporationlanded a similar major coup orthe Chinese aviation industrywith the successul maidenfight o China’s second ‘th-generation’ ghter in October2012.
Combat Aircraft 
examinesthe ‘J-31’ in detail.
Andreas Rupprecht
he proToType numbered‘31001’ — s a t t civa cial sigati — tk  Sag-biligail  t ig  31 oct 2012 a las 11 its lat at a fawlss figtv t Sag Aicat Cati’s as. T ilt was tl Li G,w als sv as la tst ilt  SAC’s J-15 a J-16 tts.Tis vt was ga as a ajacivt t l  Cia’s aviatiist t als  SAC, wic as tac citicis  ig vl liat vlts  t igial ‘Flak’sis. Qit akal  a Sagjct, cla iags  t aicat w‘lis’ witi sval s  tai figt — as a  t caswit CAC’s J-20. Sval si cials t Aviati Ist Cati Cia (AVIC), iclig sit LiZig Li a vic gal aag Liyai, visit SAC’s n 112 Fact t ccasi a w ivit t witsst tst figt. T st figt ca cls tAisw Cia 2012 tat  at Zait llwig t, a at wic a scall  t jt was sw.b al Fa 2013 t st tta acclis t  ssil figts (wit as tw figts avig  clt  2 Fa).
Project 310
Tak  sis  t st iags  tw jt lis i J/Jl 2012, wt static tst aia was tast a t t Cia Fligt Tst estalist’stst acilit (n 623 Istitt) at Xia-yaglia, t i-wigt gt was atst sigat J-21  aalsts. Tis wasiiatl cag t J-31 at t sttt was ‘stt’ at its  as iSag waig it ‘31001’ sials.hwv, t a still a ctaitisccig its al sigati.
A FAlcon Followsthe 
Shenyang’S gyrfalcon SpreadS itS wingS
‘The biggest constraint to progress will  probably once againbe the powerplant, abugbear in Chinese fghter projects
Many expect the J-31 to be exported toallies as a low-cost stealthy fghter.
All images via Chinese Internet
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Many had speculated or years as to theexistence o the new Shenyang fghter.
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