Expert: J-31 has export advantages
(Source: China Military Online) 2014-10-24
BEIJING, October 24 (ChinaMil) –Over 130 aircraft of various types will
participate in the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace
Exhibition to be unveiled on November 11, 2014 in Zhuhai of south
China’s Guangdong province, and the J-31 stealth fighter will also
appear in Zhuhai and conduct a demonstration flight, according to media
Xu Yongling, an aviation expert, said in an interview
that the Chinese fighters are renowned for its low cost and excellent
technical standard. The J-31 stealth fighter has export advantages. In
the future military trade market, China will no longer be the "small
potato". Instead, its market share will gradually increase.
J-31 stealth fighter had its successful maiden flight in 2012 and is
still in the test phase. However, will its participation in exhibition
only two years after the maiden flight reveal secrets of China’s stealth
Xu Yongling said that the J-31 is likely
to be positioned as an export-oriented aircraft initially. Therefore,
the secrecy is not a problem. The J-31 shall disclose its appearance as
much as possible in order to have a good showcase.
global arms export market is still dominated by the United States.
Russia’s orders remain stable in the second place while arms exports
from Europe are gradually improving. China is relatively weak in this
field. "If Russia and Europe are entering into rivalry with the U.S.
over the cake, then China can only cut a corner form the cake", said Xu
Yongling. Once the J-31 is being exported, it will become a
highly-competitive product in moderately developed countries or below,
along with third-generation fighters.
European countries are
traditional allies of the U.S. so their military aircraft trade contains
a lot of strategic and political factors. It is very difficult for
other countries to intervene.
The training systems in the NATO,
the U.S. and its allies are bounded together. "It is very difficult for
aircraft developed by outsider countries to enter their market as the
threshold is very high", Xu Yongling said.
Xu Yongling stressed
that China does not want to sell fighters to western countries. In
addition to traditional friendly countries such as Pakistan, there are
many countries in the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America whose
demand for fighters matches China’s ability to export military aircraft.
Some countries are lacking imported third-generation fighters while
their second-generation fighters are going to the scrapheap. They have a
large demand for importing fighters.
“If China’s products can
catch up with the rhythm of these countries in terms of time period and
we take initiative from military diplomacy, then the possibility of
having a share in the third-generation and fourth-generation fighters
market in these countries remains relatively high," said Xu.
Yongling believes that the Chinese fighters’ share in global arms trade
market will gradually increase in the future. It is possible for China
to transform from a "corner” role to an important player with strong