China is still years abroad from actuality able to acreage a stealth aircraft, admitting the acknowledgment of images advertence that it appears to accept a alive prototype, a U.S. Navy official said on Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal appear images of what it said appeared to appearance a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter ancestor authoritative a accelerated auto test. The images accept additionally appeared on a cardinal of websites.
The advertisement of the photographs comes aloof canicule afore Defense Secretary Robert Gates is due to biking to Beijing.
Asked back China would be able to acreage the jet, Vice Admiral David Dorsett, administrator of argosy intelligence, said it would be years.
Dorsett told reporters the appear photos larboard a lot of questions unanswered. He did not anon vouch for their authenticity.
"In agreement of the stealth photos, the IOC (initial operational capability) on the stealth aircraft, it's still not bright to me back it's activity to become operational," he said.
"Developing a stealth adequacy with a ancestor and again amalgam that into a action ambiance is activity to booty some time," he said.