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Dubai Airshow 2015: AVIC introduces its FC-31 for the first time outside of China

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Dubai Airshow 2015
8 - 12 November 2015
Dubai - Al Maktoum International Airport
 
 
Dubai Airshow 2015: AVIC introduces its FC-31 for the first time outside of China
 
At this year edition of Dubai Airshow, the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is promoting the FC-31 stealth fighter aircraft for the first time outside of China. The FC-31 prototype made its first flight on Oct. 2012, and its first public appearance during the Zhuhai Air Show in Nov. 2014.
     
Dubai Airshow 2015 AVIC introduces its FC 31 for the first time outside of China 640 002Shenyang FC-31 stealth fighter aircraft showcased for the first time at Dubai Airshow 
     
Manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, part of AVIC, is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development.

The FC-31 will be capable to perform a wide range of missions, from offensive/defence counter air, deep strike, suppression of enemy air defences, interdiction, close air support, to ISR missions.

According to AVIC officials, the first flight of a production example is planned for 2019, and will be followed by IOC in 2022 and final operating capability in 2025.
     
Dubai Airshow 2015 AVIC introduces its FC 31 for the first time outside of China 640 001Shenyang FC-31 stealth fighter aircraft showcased for the first time at Dubai Airshow 
     
The FC-31 is powered by two Russian-made Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan engines developed in Russia. The aircraft is reportedly flying at a speed of approximately 2,200km/h and could offer a maximum range of over 2,000km when fitted with external fuel tanks.

The Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter can be fitted with one internal cannon, two internal weapons bays in the fuselage and three payload hard-points on each of the two wings. The payload is 8,000kg, of which 2,000kg can be carried internally.