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Published on September 25, 2017
Author of Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements, freelance Chinese/English translator
In October 2016 China’s Aviation Industry Publishing House openly published “Collection of Gu Songfen’s Articles” which reveals the estimate of the progress and costs in developing J-20 by Gu Songfen, a fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering,
According to Gu, the total research and development costs at the value of yuan in 2002 are 37.1 billion yuan including the making and testing of 8 test and 6 pre-production prototypes. Research and development of the fuselage costs 20 billion yuan, of engine, 6 billion yuan and of electronic equipment and weapons on board, 7.5 billion and 3.6 billion yuan respectively. The price of a single plane ranges from 450 to 500 million yuan, a little higher than the US$35 million cost for the import of a Su-27. The cost is much lower than that of F-22 and F-35, the EMD of which costs US$19.5 billion and US$60 billion respectively.
Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Depth Column: Disclosure of estimate of the cost of China’s 4th-generation fighter jet: Price of a J-20 is perhaps 500 million yuan” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the article in Chinese)
Original post: linkedin.com
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