China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter: Is the Plan to Fly Them with Drones?
Will the J-20 ‘Mighty Dragon’ Spawn Whelps or Wyrmlings Draglettes? – In Western fantasy mythology the offspring/hatchlings of dragons are referred to as “whelps” or “wyrmlings,” but it is unlikely that such monikers would be applied to the mini-drones that could serve as “loyal wingmen” to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-20 “Mighty Dragon.”
However, China’s most advanced fighter could soon be flying with such drones.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long touted the capabilities of its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter since it was first introduced in 2011. The fifth-generation superiority fighter, which descended from the J-XX program of the 1990s, entered service in March 2017 while the first J-20 combat unit was formed a year later.
The J-20 Mighty Dragon is also just the world’s third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft after the United States military’s F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike…