Airplane stealth technology not taken from a crashed plane
A prototype of China first stealth fighter made its maiden flight this month, and reports were dismissed that China used the technology from a crashed U.S. plane in its J-20 Stealth fighter. China is saying that the prototype jet is a homegrown masterpiece.
Some sources say that the jet was made with technology from an F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down in 1999 by Serbian missiles in the Kosovo war. Chinese defense say that the news is not true. Officials say that this is not the first time foreign media smeared Chinese military technology, and its meaningless to react to this type of speculation. The J-20 possess advance supersonic cruise capabilities and new breakthrough features, unlike the previous fighters like J-7 and J-8 which got aircraft merits from other countries.
The technology from the shot down F-117 is regarded outdated even at the time it was shot down, and its technology can’t be applied to newer fighter jets. The U.S. F-22 is the only fully operational stealth jet fighter and other that the U.S. china is part of other countries trying to develop their own next generation stealth fighters. China also insisted that their growing military and modernization poses no threat to other nations.