The sudden appearance of a Chinese stealth airplane designated the J-20 that has been performing high-speed taxi tests in the last couple of weeks was "not a surprise" to US intelligence, Vice Adm. David Dorsett, director of naval intelligence, told reporters in Washington, D.C., Jan. 5, 2011. However, he acknowledged that "we have been pretty consistent in underestimating the delivery and [initial operational capability date] of Chinese technology weapon systems." New Chinese weapons tend to go from prototype to operational service "quicker than we frequently project," he said. Here, the J-20 shown during a recent taxi test with its nose wheel off the ground and drag chute deployed.
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