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Anigrand #AA2110 1/72 Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon



 
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Kit #AA2110. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon mid-sized fifth-generation fighter, complete with decals.

This twin-jet stealthy fighter is currently under development by Shenyang. It is believed to be named the J-31, though some media sources call it the F-60 or the J-21 Snowy Owl. Photos first began appearing on the Internet in 2011, with additional “sightings” being published in 2012. Sina Corporation announced in December of 2013 that the J-31 is a tactical strike fighter with stealth capabilities. Some “experts” claim the F-60 is the export version, while the J-31 is the domestic version.

When a new Chinese fighter is “unveiled” in this way, speculation abounds. Some possibilities:

This is a carrier-based aircraft intended to complement the land-based J-20 stealth fighter.

This is a competitor with the J-20 for the Chinese air force’s first operational stealth fighter.

This is a partner in the Chinese stealth arsenal, the Chinese’ F-35 to the J-20’s F-22.

This is an L-15 trainer mocked up to send the West into a frenzy of speculation.

What is clear is that nobody who knows is telling what the J-31 is – or if they are, their truth is being drowned out in baseless speculation.

The J-31 is a mid-wing, twin-rudder, twin-jet aircraft with a configuration similar to other Fifth Generation fighters, such as the Sukhoi T-50. The plane has two stealthed internal weapons bays, as well as optional hard-points under the wings, and its powerplants are Russian-designed RD-93s, or it’s “Chinese copy,” the Guizhou WS-13.


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