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"To talk about the superiority of the KF-21 over the J-20, he must first take off" - the Chinese press appreciated the words about the Korean fighter


The American press publishes the material of the columnist Eric Tegler about the recently demonstrated prototype of the Korean stealth fighter KF-21. This fighter is going to be created as part of the Korean-Indonesian program. A combat aircraft belongs to the intermediate generation - between the 4th and 5th: 4,5 or 4+.

According to Tegler, the Korean KF-21 outperforms the American F-35 fighter in a number of ways.

The American observer believes that the combination of the parameters "aircraft mass - engine power" suggests that the KF-21 has higher maneuverability indicators than the F-35.

From Eric Tegler's material:

The Korean KF-21 could become a cheaper alternative to the products of the American company Lockheed Martin. The Korean fighter, in the event of the start of serial deliveries, is able to compete with the F-35 in the world market.

According to the American observer, the competitive advantage for South Korea also lies in the fact that about 65% of the components of a promising fighter are produced domestically.

It also points out that the KF-21 fighter is "also a serious challenge for China." In particular, it is noted that if the aircraft surpasses the American F-35 in its individual parameters, then it also surpasses the Chinese J-20. And again it points to "high performance indicators".

In the Chinese press, commenting on Tegler's statements, they point out, not without reason, that, first, South Korea needs to lift its KF-21 fighter into the air so that there is a practical opportunity to assess its flight capabilities.

To talk about the superiority of the Korean KF-21 fighter over the J-20, it must first at least take off.

- comment on the words about the promising Korean aircraft in the Chinese press.
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  1. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 April 18 2021 12: 26
    before implementation of this project ... how to walk to Uruguay ... let's see how it will show itself in tests and in operation ... but for the sake of advertising, you can try anything ... and the technical idea does not stand still and the existing ones ( with whom the comparison is made) aircraft are improving ... and new ones are in development ... a competitor may not have time to constantly catch up with yesterday ...
    1. Fitter65
      Fitter65 April 18 2021 14: 31
      Quote: silberwolf88
      how to Uruguay on foot

      Well, here's the problem, just wait for the Berengov Strait to freeze. Although, if they agree with the locals, they will transfer to Alaska for a reasonable fee. and from there, to Uruguay ... Go and go ...
  2. scientist
    scientist April 18 2021 12: 31
    Conclusion, any project surpasses the known existing analogues. Otherwise, investors simply cannot be lured, and the paper will endure everything. Therefore, the developers of 5th and 6th generation paper airplanes can only wish good luck in the fight against windmills.
    1. Barberry25
      Barberry25 April 18 2021 13: 06
      especially if there was no combat run-in ... at one time the T-72 was not vilified as soon as they admired the American and German Abrams and Leo ... and then when it turned out that the Iraqis loved the new Abrams as much as our tanks in the PCHV, and the Turkish leopards from meeting with old bassoons generally tears to pieces, then they began to sing about "well, any tank can be destroyed" ...
    2. venik
      venik April 18 2021 23: 06
      Quote: scientist
      Conclusion, any project surpasses the known existing counterparts. Otherwise, investors simply cannot be lured, and the paper will endure everything.

      I'll tell you even more: almost all airplane projects have much higher characteristics (on paper), in comparison with rery machines built according to these projects ... request
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 18 2021 12: 58
    Well, in microelectronics, which means that in the "stuffing" of the aircraft, the South Koreans will jokingly make the Chinese, the lack of their own and high-quality engine is also a disadvantage for the Chinese aviation industry, so the South Koreans are right in their own way, their plane will be better than the Chinese.
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 April 18 2021 13: 02
      The Koreans will also not have their own engine, but an American one. Good. The Chinese are clearly worse.
    2. paul3390
      paul3390 April 18 2021 17: 48
      Well, only we, mattress mats, paddling pools, and - with reservations, the people who are in charge, can make decent engines so far .. So the Chinese have not a great choice at all. They will undoubtedly reach their high-quality ones, but not now. Now there is no alternative to ours for China.
  4. Sidor Amenpodestovich
    Sidor Amenpodestovich April 18 2021 13: 17
    Well, nothing is known about the superiority of the J-20 over other fighters, except for the assurances of the Chinese themselves.
    1. IL-18
      IL-18 April 18 2021 22: 16
      I agree with you, for which a plus sign in your karma. but I also clicked the asterisk under the article, because I also agree with the Chinese [regarding kf-21}. Let it fly. we'll see
  5. knn54
    knn54 April 18 2021 13: 22
    The hawk is still "young". Let's wait.
  6. Tusv
    Tusv April 18 2021 13: 31
    Well here. It's simple. The Chinese have the Koreans in the program. Mei bi yes, mei bi know. Excuse my South Korean
  7. iouris
    iouris April 18 2021 14: 54
    If only to take off.
  8. sedoj
    sedoj April 19 2021 00: 05
    Competitor F - 35? With an American engine? One step to the market and the engines are over. "So what is next?" (FROM)
  9. EMMM
    EMMM April 19 2021 01: 15
    There is no need to offend South Korea.
    Think of their remnants of the mid-90s and cracking alloy wheels for wheels from the same time, and compare with what we see on the roads today.
    As for airplanes, it is not harmful for the Americans to supply engines for them, in order to counter the dangerously growing power of China. Again, the military-industrial complex will benefit ...
    What I see, Big Brother decided to put his friends on "grandmothers", not realizing that due to the Far Eastern mentality, they will get a competitor for themselves in
    this area.