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
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.