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In your opinion~Should the US have capped the F-22 program so soon?

n what appears to be a clear message of its military might, China staged the first test flight of the new stealth jet earlier this month - at the same time that U.S. defence chief Robert Gates was in Beijing on the second day of an official visit.

The fighter jet's successful test follows reports that China is planning to launch its first aircraft carrier and has tested a ballistic missile capable of sinking U.S. vessels in the Pacific.

The prototype jet was shown in flight, with civilians and air force personnel watching on, in pictures on several unofficial Chinese military websites, after local media outlets had claimed a successful test flight had taken place.

While the Chinese government is renowned for its stringent approach to state secrets, photos and reports of the J-20's test have remained online.

According to international agencies, the scheduling of the test flight to coincide with Mr Gates' visit to China, coupled with the seemingly relaxed approach to reports about the flight, indicated Beijing's willingness to be more open about its military intentions.

Nonetheless, reports of the stealth's successful test will do little to quell anxieties about the speed of China's military progress.

The U.S. F-22 Raptor is currently the only operational stealth fighter in the world, while Russia's Sukhoi T-50 jet is expected to enter active service in the next four years.

But pictures of China's J-20, which looks larger than the F-22 or T-50, will be of concern to the Taiwanese government, whose antiquated aircraft and radar systems would provide little resistance to radar-evading Chinese jets.

The U.S. has claimed China would not be capable of developing a stealth jet for years and production of the F-22 was recently capped.

But the J-20's successful test, coupled with reports of the development of an aircraft carrier and missile system, confirms China's growing military might.



Add to this the F-35 is YEARS behind in production and well over budget....  Thoughts?


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:58 PM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • How many branches of the US military utilize the F-22? Seems the Chinese are cunning and resourceful.


    Answer by Sisteract at 1:08 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • No, i don't think it's in our best interest to be in second place, even worse third (the turd with the harry chest).

    As Americans, we often forget that China (& the rest of the east) dominated the world throughout most of history. It makes sense that they probably will again.

    If we're not on top it's because we're not smart enough, not because we're not tough enough.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:47 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Upshe, even if China could hold a candle to our economy, why would we worry they would take our jobs? Like sister said, they are cunning and resourceful. NEVER underestimate them.

    Answer by Carpy at 3:37 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • I don't want them to take our jobs. This thread was about f-22's & military technology.

    I am not afraid of thier military power, I am very much afraid of american corporations outsourcing our jobs.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:13 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • We ARE smart enough... Especially when our leaders aren't apologizing our nations way into "global equality

    I do believe China is number one in math & science.  What number are we again?


    Answer by mommom2000 at 4:57 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed.

    Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet – the Chengdu J-20 – earlier this month.

    Military officials say it is likely the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.


    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:01 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Schwartz and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley have publicly endorsed Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to halt production of the F-22 after ordering just four more fighters under the fiscal 2009 war spending budget.

    We currently have 187


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:10 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • How many branches of the US military utilize the F-22? Seems the Chinese are cunning and resourceful.


    Just the USAF....


    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:14 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Air Force National Guard Chief General Craig McKinley said as recently as February 26, 2009 that they need more than 183--and yes, 187 is technically more than 183, but not meaningfully so. Gates has been somewhat cagey, but has conceded that some services were clearly not happy with his decisions...


    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:21 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • We currently have 187

    How many of those are mission ready?


    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:22 PM on Jan. 24, 2011