Thursday, July 4, 2013

Uncensored photos of J-20 flying with internal weapons bay open

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The first photos of China's Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter's main internal weapons bay are making the rounds on the internet. The original ones have been censored (by the photographer?), most likely for fear of running foul of China's notorious state internet censors. However the uncensored version didn't take long in coming, and here it shows that 4 missiles can be carried.

The missiles are an hitherto unknown type, with the consensus that its circumference is too large to be a PL-12 BVRAAM. However another possibility is that it could be a shortened version of the PL-12 (which would cause the circumference to appear bigger) to fit inside the weapons bay. There appears to be room in the main weapons bay for larger (though not longer) weapons as well.

This is in addition to the side weapons bay that was blogged about here a while back...

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