Northrop/McDonnell-Douglas YF-23 basks in the desert sun at Edwards AFB after losing to the Lockheed/Boeing YF-22.
Just as Aerojet delivered the last central boom to Boeing to build the last F-22 Raptor this past December, the comrades in Chinese aerospace have obviously been busy. It seems they are about to field a stealth fighter, pictures have been leaked, and the PRC so far has not denied them.
What is even more amazing is which aircraft the PRC has decided to copy. As the Jian-10 looks like the offspring of the Eurofighter Typhoon and Israeli Lavi, the new Jian-XX looks remarkably like the Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II with a few additions like canards and an intake borrowed from the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III.
At the minimum this should call into question the DoD decision to cancel F-22 production after 187 airframes. Russia is already working on the T50 nex gen fighter and is looking to collaborate with India to build an fifth gen fighter tailored for India. Add in the PRC, it becomes ludicrous for Sec. of Defense Gates to say publicly all the United States needs is 187 F-22 Raptors to meet US needs. If seems Gates and the Pentagon knew of the Jian-XX and still made the above statements, this means Gates and senior leaders in the Petagon need to be fired for dereliction of duty. Or will Gates act like Clapper and fail to recall critical info when grilled?
Why am I being so harsh on Gates? Very simple, he has become a 'Yes' man who has put his job ahead of what he was hired to do, lead the Depeartment of Defense in protecting the United States. Parroting talking points from the White House that possibly endanger national security, which two former Cold War advesaries working on stealth fighters most definitely is, is tantamount to endangering this nation as a whole.