Rafale No Match for J-20: China

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NEW DELHI:  China has said the much-talked-about Rafale fighter jets are no match for its J-20 stealth fighter jets, days after the first batch of five French-made warplanes landed in Ambala. 

Quoting experts, an article in the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece The Global Times said: “India has recently received delivery of five Rafale fighter jets, with a former Indian air chief marshal boasting that the French-made warplanes’ capability is superior to China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet.

Chinese experts said that the Rafale is only a third-plus generation fighter jet, and does not stand much of a chance against a stealth, fourth-generation one like the J-20.” Saying that the Rafale is superior to the Su-30 MKI in some aspects, the article goes on to say that the acquisition does not yield a significant qualitative change. 

“In some combat performance areas, the Rafale is superior to the Su-30 MKI fighter jets, which are in service in the Indian Air Force in large batches, but it is only about one-fourth of a generation more advanced and does not yield a significant qualitative change,” it said.

Air Commodore (Retd) Prashant Dixit dismissed Beijing’s claims as a bogey. “The very shape of J-20 reveals that it’s more like any traditional aircraft. It is an unproven platform, too. Rafale is a proven platform and with the kind of weapons and missile it is packed with will be an aircraft which will deter any enemy,” he said.


“The very shape of J-20 reveals that it’s more like any traditional aircraft. It is an unproven platform, too. Rafale   is a proven platform,” said  Dixit.

( Image:Chengdu J-20)

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