China unveils two-seater design for stealth plane based on J-20 fighter

China unveils two-seater design for stealth plane based on J-20 fighter

  • Breakthrough variant intended as early-warning aircraft and command centre for jets and rocket launchers
  • Seating design similar to Russian Su-34 would be a world first among single-seater stealth warplanes

China is developing a new generation two-seater stealth warplane, based on its most advanced fighter the J-20, intended as an early-warning aircraft that will serve as a command centre for other weapons such as fighter jets and rocket launchers.

Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI), developer of the J-20, is working on the breakthrough variant which will be the first stealth fighter in the world to accommodate two pilots. It will also be more innovative, according to an online report published earlier this week.

The report, which appeared on War Industry Black Technology, a social media platform run by Shenzhen-based Quantum Defence Cloud Technology, included a design sketch of the twin-seater variant and said it would serve as a small, early-warning warplane.