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Big Setback: China unable to deploy J-20 stealth fighter in Tibet as its RAM coating cracks in high-altitude airfields

Source : IgMp Bureau

In the rarefied air of the Tibetan Plateau, where the peaks of the Himalayas touch the sky, China’s ambitious plans for the deployment of its latest J-20 stealth fighters are encountering unexpected challenges. According to a recent intelligence report, cutting-edge stealth technology, specifically the radar-absorbing material (RAM) coatings on the J-20, is developing cracks under the extreme conditions of high-altitude airfields. This revelation sheds light on the absence of J-20s from the Western Theatre Command and raises questions about the fighter’s reliability in challenging terrains.

Big Setback: China unable to deploy J-20 stealth fighter in Tibet as its RAM coating cracks in high-altitude airfields

Big Setback: China unable to deploy J-20 stealth fighter in Tibet as its RAM coating cracks in high-altitude airfields
Chinese J-20 5th generation stealth fighter (File Photo)

China’s J-20, the fifth-generation fighter jet, is renowned for its advanced stealth capabilities, which are largely attributed to its radar-absorbing materials. These materials are designed to minimize the aircraft’s radar cross-section, making it difficult for enemy radar systems to detect and track the fighter. However, the harsh environmental conditions of the Tibetan Plateau seem to be taking a toll on these crucial stealth components.

The Tibetan Plateau, with its high altitude airfields, presents a unique set of challenges for military aircraft. The thin air at such altitudes affects engine performance, aerodynamics, and, as discovered now, the integrity of stealth coatings. The intelligence report suggests that after just one sortie, the RAM coatings on the J-20 develop cracks due to the combination of low oxygen levels, extreme temperatures, and other environmental factors.

The Tibetan Plateau has long been a strategic focus for the Chinese military, especially given its proximity to India. The J-20 was expected to play a crucial role in this region, ensuring air superiority and maintaining a deterrence against potential adversaries. However, the inability to sustain prolonged deployments in the challenging Tibetan environment raises concerns about China’s air capabilities in this crucial theatre.

The absence of J-20s in the Western Theatre Command can be directly linked to the challenges posed by the Tibetan Plateau. High-altitude airfields in the region demand aircraft with specialized capabilities, and the current limitations of the J-20’s stealth coatings create a significant obstacle. The Chinese military, facing a delicate balance between showcasing technological prowess and ensuring operational effectiveness, must now reevaluate its deployment strategies.

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Chinese J-20 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Elephant Walk (File Photo)

Addressing the issues faced by the J-20 in the Tibetan Plateau is undoubtedly a priority for the Chinese military. Engineers and researchers are likely working on developing more resilient RAM coatings capable of withstanding the extreme conditions of high-altitude airfields. Until then, strategic considerations may force China to rely on alternative aircraft or deploy J-20s in shorter rotations, limiting their exposure to the challenging environment.

China’s J-20 stealth fighters, once hailed as the vanguard of its air force, are facing unexpected hurdles in the high-altitude theatres of the Tibetan Plateau. The cracks in the stealthy armor reveal the complexities of deploying cutting-edge technology in challenging environments. As China works to overcome these challenges, the absence of J-20s in the Western Theatre Command serves as a reminder that even the most advanced military hardware must contend with the unforgiving realities of nature.

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