There has been much speculation over whether the Chinese J-20 fighter is a prototype, technology demonstrator, or something else. Here’s a view of what the J-20 represents in the eyes of the U.S. aerospace industry:
“Many saw the J-20 – China’s new stealth fighter – as a military threat. I saw it as another player in the global defense marketplace,” says Jim Albaugh, the former president and CEO of Boeing’s defense business, before he took over his current role as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
China is on Albaugh’s minds in other ways too. The Chinese will walk on the moon before U.S. astronauts orbit in an American spacecraft, he notes.