I'm quite confused about all the carrier-based fighter aircraft projects in China. Could you help me determine which are the different acronyms (same of different?).
According to wikipedia, there are three possible aircrafts aboard the most recent Chinese air carrier:
- Shenyang J-15, which is already in service aboard Liaoning
- Chengdu J-20
- Shenayang J-31
But looking in the internet, I also found the J-21 that looks like an extension of the J-20. And there is also the newly shown, stealthy, J-35.
Are all those designs similar? What are the differences and the advantages of each of them, since having three diffferent types of aircraft aboard a single carrier is not good idea (speaking about maintenance)?