Chinese aerospace firm Shenyang has unveiled a new stealth plane shortly before U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is due to arrive in China, Wired reports.
David Axe writes the J-21 appears similar to the J-20, the country’s first stealth plane, released by Shenyang’s industry rival Chengdu nearly 21 months later.
Photos of the J-21 were leaked to China Defense Blog late last week.
The J-21 has two engines, two tails, big trapezoidal wings and sharp features typical of a stealth plane, Axe reports.
Citing an analyst from the Information Dissemination blog, Wired reports China may only be able to purchase one of the planes due to an economic slowdown in the country.
Reports in April indicated the country had begun flying maritime surveillance drones and military leaders were seeking information from Iran about a U.S. drone captured and allegedly decoded by Iran.