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J-13 (Jianjiji-13 Fighter aircraft 13) / F-13

The J-13, designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, never entered production. The single engined fighter design was cancelled in the early 1990s. The genesis of the first J-13 was in 1971, when the 601 Institute began researching a new fighter aircraft for the 1980s to replace the J-6. The new aircraft used cantilever wings and fuselage side mounted air intakes - it resembled the French Mirage-F1. By the late 1980s the project continued, although the operational requirements had increased to match the Russian MiG-29 and American F-16 light fighters. In the early 1990s the project was finally abandoned because of the success of the Chengdu J-10 project.

J-13 ? / Su-30

Some sources suggest that the J-13 designation would be applied to the Su-30, but this does not appear to have happened as of 2010.

Chengdu J-13 ?

The Chinese aviation industry reportedly began preliminary research for China's 4th generation fighter program in the mid-1990s. The new aircraft - tentatively dubbed the J-X and possibly to receive the service designation J-13A - could use the WS10A turbofan engine designed by the Shenyang Liming Motor Company during its development and trials process. In development for more than a decade, the WS10-series power plant completed air trials earlier this year with an Su-27SK (NATO reporting name: 'Flanker-B') fighter. The WS10A is scheduled for introduction with the PLAAF's J-10A fighter. Continuing research into advanced control techniques is expected to in time allow the air force to field WS10A-powered J-10A and J-X fighters equipped with thrust-vectoring nozzles offering improved aircraft manoeverability.

By early 2009 there were reports that the J-14 next generation fighter appeared to have been rejected in favor of Chengdu's J-13 design, and to have lost out to SAC's more realistic approach to develop a Flanker-derived type.




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